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Five British MPs Threaten To Quit Blair Government Over Iraq - 2003-03-10


Five British members of parliament have threatened to quit Prime Minister Tony Blair's government if he proceeds with a war against Iraq without the backing of a UN Security Council resolution.

Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper says the five MP's work as ministerial aides in the Blair government. The threat has raised concerns that resignations at the cabinet level could follow a war with Baghdad if it is not sanctioned by the United Nations.

More than 120 members of parliament in Mr. Blair's Labor Party recently voted against the Prime Minister's policy on Iraq.

The United States and Britain are sponsoring a UN resolution that sets a deadline of March 17th for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to destroy any banned weapons, or be disarmed by force.

On Saturday, at least 10,000 anti-war protesters took to the streets of the northern city of Manchester to demonstrate for peace. In February, one million activists peacefully demonstrated in London in the country's biggest-ever peace march.

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