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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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Non-intervention has 'implications for UK's place'

Opting out of military intervention in international crisis has "implications for the UK's place in the world," MPs have warned.

A report from the Defence Select Committee said:

We understand and acknowledge the current lack of appetite for military operations given the experiences and tensions of the past decade for operations in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

However, it is also necessary to understand and acknowledge that there are consequences to decisions by the UK and the international community not to intervene in humanitarian or non-humanitarian situations.

Non-intervention decisions have implications for the UK's place in the world and its influence which are as profound as a decision to undertake an intervention operation.

– Defence select committee

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