The Foreign Secretary has just updated the Commons on his trip to Libya to meet the Government of National Accord (GNA).
Amongst what emerged are seven interesting points:
- Libya does not want, and Britain is not planning, a combat mission
- A combat mission or airstrikes in Libya would "trigger the convention" of a vote in the House of Commons
- The UK does however stand ready to offer a training and technical mission
- This could be delivered elsewhere in the region if Libya is considered too risky
- A training mission would not require Parliamentary approval
- The Libyans have not yet asked for a training mission
- But "they may well ask for some support" at a later date
So we're not sending combat troops but we are ready to send training personnel if and when they ask.