>> A seven-year inquiry into Britain's invasion of Iraq in 2003 has found that military action wasn't a last resort for Britain.>> It was not justified.>> I'm William James, UK political correspondent in Westminster where journalists have just come out of a three hour lock-in where they were given exclusive access to the report before it was published.
This report will set the tone of British foreign policy when it comes to intervening overseas for decades to come. We've already seen, since the invasion in 2003, that the Iraq War and the mistakes that were made have had a big impact on future decisions. Decisions in Syria, in Libya, again in Iraq, on whether to intervene or not.
And what this will do is it actually codifies a lot of the mistakes that were made. It sets it out in excruciating detail, excruciating for Tony Blair, exactly what went wrong and how it could be improved. There's a big section in the report on the lessons that can be learned, and that's what people will come back to, if there's ever a time, which it looks likely that there will be, where Britain needs to consider whether it should get involved in a conflict overseas or whether it should seek regime change.
One of the interesting things to come out of the report is that there's an acknowledgement that Tony Blair who was Prime Minister at the time was warned quite explicitly that intervention in Iraq regime change would create a political space for Al-Qaeda to flourish. And there were links made also in the report between that intelligence and the security of Britain.
So what it's really done is shown that there was a clear basis, clear knowledge, clear understanding in government that this would create the space for Al-Qaeda.>> But you're gonna be working in coalition with others, probably under the leadership of the United States->> What happens next is that we'll see, we've already had Tony Blair come out and give his side of the story.
He actually spoke for about five times as long as John Chilcot. What we also have is some of the families of the British soldiers who were killed during the war saying that they would consider that they want to take legal action against Tony Blair in light of what's been revealed in the report.
So the fallout from this will continue to materialize over the coming days, weeks, months. I don't think anyone sees this as an end to the story, but it's certainly the most important landmark that we've had so far.