LONDON: A report murdered MP Jo Cox was working on before her death that warns Britain must not shy away from military action has been published. In the weeks before she was killed in a brutal attack by a neo-Nazi, the Labour backbencher had started to put together a joint paper with Conservative Tom Tugendhat about the UK’s role in the world. Widower Brendan Cox said his wife had written on a draft of the report, which was completed by her friend MP Alison McGovern, that “Britain must lead again”. The backlash over the Iraq war has led to a rise in “knee-jerk isolationism, unthinking pacifism and anti-interventionism”, according to The Cost of Doing Nothing paper. But retreating from the global stage has “dangerous” implications for national and international security and heightens the risk of further global instability, it warns.
The report, published by Policy Exchange, highlights examples of successful intervention, including the introduction of a no-fly zone in northern Iraq in 1991 to protect Kurds from air attacks waged by Saddam Hussein’s regime and Nato’s action a year earlier to shield civilians in Kosovo from Slobodan Milosevic’s campaign of ethnic cleansing. It also sets out the “devastating consequences” of failing to take action, including in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and Syrian civil war, which has left an estimated half a million people dead.
Mr Tugendhat said:
Ms McGovern, MP for Wirral South, said:
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who will launch the report, said: