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7.00 P.M.: Grey returns to the Commons and reads

Posted on August 3rd, 1914 by admin

7.00 P.M.: Grey returns to the Commons and reads a note he has just received from the Belgian legation. It summarises the German ultimatum and declares that Belgium has rejected the ultimatum and is resolved to repel aggression by all possible means. He and Asquith leave the House.
Even though Grey had the support of most MPs, the great majority or at least three-quarters by some estimates, the three hour evening adjournment debate that follows produces mainly speakers against the government’s policy, and no cabinet members take part. [More]


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