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Govt needs to set out a 'realistic vision' for military intervention

The Government should set out a "realistic vision" for circumstances which would force it to commit to military intervention, MPs have said. The Defence Select Committee warned choosing to stay out of some crises could have profound implications.

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Govt: HoC 'should debate' before committing troops

The Government has dodged criticism that it is not clear enough on its military intervention policy, saying it will allow the House of Commons to debate before sending troops to overseas crisis.

A Government spokesman said:

The decision to use UK armed forces overseas is among the most significant a Government can make.

That's why the Government has stated that it will observe the existing convention that says the House of Commons should have the opportunity to debate before UK troops are committed to conflict, except in cases where the urgency of the action required makes this impossible.

Military intervention as a course of action can of course be contentious and contested but the Government is clear that it remains an important last resort when all other means of dealing with threats have been exhausted.

– Government spokesman

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