Following this morning’s publication of Sir John Chilcot‘s much-delayed report on the conclusions of the Iraq Inquiry, the former prime minister addressed the findings in a dramatic press conference.
With his voice breaking, the ex-Labour premier said invading Iraq in 2003 was “the hardest, most momentous, agonising decision I took in 10 years as Prime Minister”.
He added: “That decision, today I accept full responsibility, without exception and without excuse. I recognise the division felt by many on our country over the war.
“In particular I feel deeply and sincerely in a way that no words can properly convey.
“The assessments were wrong the aftermath was more hostile and bloody than imagined.
“The coalition planned for one set of ground facts and found another.
“I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know.”