Jeremy Corbyn calls for War Powers Act after Britain joins Syria airstrikes

Marsha Scott
April 16, 2018

He added that a parliamentary vote on the military action would give "a very strong steer to our government to now go back to the UN and promote a resolution and work might and main to bring Russian Federation and the United States together on this, so that we do get a political process in Syria as well of course the removal of chemical weapons".

Her decision came despite demands from opposition parties that Parliament was consulted before any military action was launched.

He added: "It looked awfully to me that the PM was more interested in following Donald Trump's lead than anything else".

But Carwyn Jones, Labour's First Minister of Wales, backed the action, as long as it was part of a wider plan to bring peace to the region.

He said it was "deeply alarming" to see the return of chemical weapons to the battlefield in Syria and the airstrikes was the "right thing to do" in "settling the determination to ensure these weapons cannot be used".

They also insist that the move would deprive Prime Ministers of the advantage of surprise in military interventions and that such legislation would open governments to a potential court challenge.

Meanwhile global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW inspectors arrived in Syria Saturday and were due to try to reach the site of a suspected poison attack in the Syrian town of Douma in eastern Ghouta.

Russian Federation has repeatedly used its security council veto to block resolutions on Syria, including one on Tuesday that would have established an independent investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons.

Downing Street said the United Kingdom will continue to work with the U.S. and France to coordinate an global response.

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Corbyn challenged the justification and accused May of being chiefly concerned with following the lead of US President Donald Trump.

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Her office said that she had talked with Mr Trump by telephone on Thursday evening to discuss Syria.

Russia's deputy prime minister, Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich, hit out at Trump on Friday, saying worldwide relations should not depend on the mood of one person when he wakes up in the morning, referring to the US president's tweets on potential missile strikes into Syria.

"The government must present the objectives of any proposed action to Parliament".

On Friday, campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition were due to hand in a letter to Downing Street signed by MPs, trade unionists, celebrities and academics urging Mrs May not to take military action in Syria.

But he said it was "intellectually bankrupt" to expect the security services to lay out all the information they have.

The idea of giving Parliament the legal right to be consulted before United Kingdom service personnel are sent into battle was floated by both Gordon Brown and David Cameron, but neither pressed ahead with legislation.

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