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Tony Blair will not be accused of breaking any laws in the Iraq War inquiry report, the Telegraph can disclose.

Sources close to the inquiry said the report – which will be published in six weeks’ time – was not set up to take a view on the legality of the acts of individuals or events. That includes whether the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was legal.

The report will not make any judgements on the legality or anything like that because it is not the purpose of the report, the source said.

The report instead looks at the decision making behind the conflict, the consequences and whether any lessons can be learned.

Mr Blair, who was Labour Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, is likely to be pressed on his role over the Iraq conflict during a scheduled appearance on the Andrew Marr programme on BBC 1 today on Sunday.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has already said that he will push for Mr Blair to be prosecuted if he is found to have broken any laws.

Mr Corbyn said last August: “We went into a war that was catastrophic, that was illegal, that cost us a lot of money, that lost a lot of lives, and the consequences are still played out with migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, refugees all over the region.

Asked if Mr Blair should be charged with war crimes, Mr Corbyn went on: “If he’s committed a war crime, yes. Everyone who’s committed a war crime should be.

“I think it was an illegal war, I’m confident about that, indeed (former UN secretary general) Kofi Annan confirmed it was an illegal war, and therefore he has to explain to that.

“Is he going to be tried for it, I don’t know. Could he be tried for it? Possibly.”

The panel reviewed 150,000 documents and relied on 7,000 for the report, of which 1,500 will be published online.

The report – which will be 2.6million words long – is published on 6 July, with what is expected to be a substantial executive summary.

Mr Corbyn’s aides signalled last week that he stood by these comments.

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