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At the time, Robin Cook MP resigned from the government and a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Legal Adviser Elizabeth Wilmshurst resigned.
The Chilcot Inquiry is preparing its report but there are now some calls for it to reconvene to hear evidence of this matter.
The Chilcot Inquiry has published many documents relating to the Iraq War, including advice given by the Attorney-General to the Prime Minister. The Inquiry also invited international lawyers to make submissions about the legality of the war - Watching the Law 30th June 2010.
See "The invasion of Iraq was lawful" - Head of Legal blog - 27th January 2010. The view of Lord Bingham of Cornhill (1933-2010) was expressed at the annual Grotius Lecture delivered at Lincoln's Inn on 17th November 2008. As a judge - (Bingham was formerly Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice and Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary) - he had remained silent on the question of legality. After his retirement, he expressed the view that the invasion was a "serious violation of international law."
Law and Lawyers - Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Extract from the Independent article - Blair's road to war
29 July 2002
Lord Goldsmith writes to Blair that regime change in Iraq is "not a legal basis for military action".
24 Sept 2002
"Dodgy dossier" in which Blair claims it is "beyond doubt" that Saddam has WMD.
22 Oct 2002
In submission to Chilcot, Lord Goldsmith says "my advice was not sought" after this date.
Blair tells MPs there were some circumstances where a second UN resolution "not necessary".
30 Jan 2003
Goldsmith warns Blair lawfulness of invasion debatable without UN Security Council determination.
Goldsmith advises the "safest legal course" was to gain fresh UN approval.
17 Mar 2003
Lord Goldsmith publishes advice declaring military action "legal", giving "green light for military action".
21 Jan 2011
Blair tells Chilcot inquiry he "did not understand how Lord Goldsmith could reach the conclusion that a further [UN] decision was required" in January 2003.