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Legal claims 'threaten' military

British military operations risk being undermined by human rights laws and health and safety red tape applying to troops in the field, an influential think tank has warned.

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Legal claims could 'paralyse' British military operations

The report has warned of the potential consequence of legal claims on the armed forces Credit: Press Association

British military operations risk being undermined by human rights laws and health and safety red tape applying to troops in the field, an influential think tank has warned.

A report by Policy Exchange said the Ministry of Defence faced 5,827 claims in 2012/14 with lawyers costing £36 million a year.

It also claims Britain's enemies could view the courtroom as a new front in any future conflict as a way of "paralysing" the armed forces.

"It may not be long before either a foreign power or sub-state forces might begin to sponsor legal actions as a way of paralysing the armed forces through legal process."

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