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July 6, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Correspondence between Tony Blair and President George W Bush has been published for the first time today as part of the Chilcot Inquiry.

The letters can be read in full here. They give us a fascinating insight into the countdown to the invasion of Iraq and the relationship between Downing Street and the White House.

The letters cover the period from the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US to 2007, when a sectarian civil war between Sunni and Shia was raging in Iraq.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) looks at U.S. President George W. Bush at a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington June 7, 2005.  REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo - RTX2JXQ4

‘Get Saddam out’

Mr Blair was discussing the possibility of ousting Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as early as 11 October 2001.

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Later in the same memo, he wrote: “I have no doubt we need to deal with Saddam” and: “I am sure we can devise a strategy for Saddam deliverable at a later date.”

He was using the phrase “regime change” in relation to Iraq as early as December 2001, in a note on the coalition’s progress in toppling the Taliban in Afghanistan. (more…)

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June 24, 2016 15 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Should disgruntled Remainers blame Gran? Will Scotland leave the UK? Will London leave the UK, for that matter?

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June 15, 2016 13 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Boris admits he hasn’t read a study he quotes to attack the EU on immigration and wages. But could he have a point anyway?

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The claim VoteLeave says UK gives £5.8bn more to EU countries for medical costs than it gets back, which campaigners say means “health tourism from the EU has cost us billions”.

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June 8, 2016 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Does Cyprus really sell EU passports? Yes – but only to the very rich. And so does Britain.

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June 3, 2016 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Straight bananas, anyone? A kilo of eggs? The newspapers are still having fun with tales of “barmy” Brussels regulations. Most of them are untrue.

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May 25, 2016 2 Comments By Georgia Graham

The proportion of funding the IFS gets from the EU has increased in recent years – from 5.9% of funding in 2009 to 11% in 2014.

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May 23, 2016 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Treasury have published another doomy report on the economic effects of Brexit. A sobering read, or a dose of propaganda?

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May 20, 2016 14 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Leave campaigners say Brits who live in EU countries will have the same rights even if the UK pulls out. What do the experts say?

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