Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to demand answers to a series of questions following the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani.
Requesting an urgent Privy Council briefing, issues raised by the Labour leader include: the contact the UK government has had with the US administration before and after the attack; whether the UK government has been in touch with the UN to discuss the consequences for peace and security; the measures taken to ensure the safety of UK nationals; and what assessment has been made of the potential increase in the risk of terrorist attack in the UK.
Text of the letter in full:
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to request an urgent Privy Council briefing on the consequences for the United Kingdom of the assassination of Qassem Suleimani.
There are a number of questions which I believe need to be addressed including:
1. Was HM Government informed in advance of the US President’s decision to launch this attack?
2. If the HM Government was informed in advance of the action, what advice was given to the US administration in relation to the UK’s government attitude or concerns about the proposed action?
3. Subsequent to the US attack, what communications have taken place with the US administration, and in particular, has the Prime Minister spoken directly to the President about the attack and its expected consequences?
4. In its communications with the US has the UK Government expressed its opposition to this action, called for restraint by the US and for a de-escalation of tension between the US and Iran?
5. What representations or communication has the UK government had with the UN Secretary General about the consequences of this attack for peace and security?
6. Given the present risk of an Iranian military response to the US attack what measures has the UK Government taken to ensure the safety of UK nationals in the region and beyond, and what action has been taken to protect UK shipping and UK strategic locations?
7. What assessment has been made of the potential increase in the risk of terrorist attack within the UK itself as a result of the assassination and what action has been undertaken by the government to address any increased risk?
Given the serious nature of the issues now faced by our country and indeed the world as a consequence of the US attack I would welcome a prompt response to this request and stand ready to attend any briefing meeting as soon as arranged.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leader of the Opposition