Senior British Official Resigns Over Iraq Policy

by Volker Weber

Associated Press via New York Times:

Senior government minister Robin Cook quit Monday as a revolt inside the ruling Labor Party escalated over Prime Minister Tony Blair's backing for military force to disarm Iraq.

Cook, one of Labor's most prominent figures, said he could not back a war that did not have the backing of the United Nations and a majority of the British people. Opinion polls show a majority of Britons oppose a war without United Nations approval.

"I can't accept collective responsibility for the decision to commit Britain now to military action in Iraq without international agreement or domestic support,'' said Cook, who was the government chief in the House of Commons.

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