The UK will not be getting militarily involved in Iraq, despite Islamist militants gaining control of more of the country, William Hague has said.
The Foreign Secretary said the UK was considering sending humanitarian aid from “our very large” budget.
But militarily “it is for the Iraqi leadership primarily to respond”.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg also opposes action, referring to the 2003 war: “I don’t think having made one mistake you repeat it by making a second one.”
Mr Hague told the BBC: “We’re very concerned about the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced, and with our very large humanitarian budget we may be in a position to assist with that, and we’re looking at that now.
“But we will not be getting involved militarily. We will support the United States in anything that they decide to do, we’re in consultation with them. But I stress again it is for the Iraqi leadership primarily to respond to this.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband said UK military intervention in Iraq was “not on the table” and said he did not think it would be right.
“We have got to give all the non-military support we can to the Iraqi government to help them, but I don’t think there is any question of going back into Iraq militarily,” he told the BBC. . .