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  Blair faces crucial Iraq vote
Updated 18 March 2003, 20.43
British troops are preparing for a possible war in the Gulf
Britain is facing a critical time in the run-up to war with Iraq.

MPs are due to vote on whether British troops should join in the fighting if war does break out on Thursday.

The vote will take place on Tuesday night.

It's a crucial time for Prime Minister Tony Blair, who backs the war, as three members of his team have already resigned over the Iraq crisis.

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Tony Blair is facing a key vote in the Commons
This comes after US President George Bush gave Saddam Hussein until 1am on Thursday to step down as leader of his country.

The Iraqi leadership quickly rejected this request on a TV station owned by one of Saddam's own sons.

But the White House has now said it will move forces into Iraq even if Saddam did back down, to hunt for weapons of mass destruction.

People in Iraq are stocking up on water and food supplies, and some shops are closing, as war looks more and more likely.

Protests

Soldiers in the Gulf are stocking up on ammunition
In Britain, the government and the public are split over whether to support military action in Iraq.

Three people have already the quit the government in protest. They are:

  • Former Foreign Secretary and leader of the Commons, Robin Cook
  • Home Office minister John Denham
  • Health Minister Lord Hunt


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