United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", she said.

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest".

The Prime Minister will tell MPs on Monday that the strikes were in the national interest because the use of chemical weapons can not be normalised, including in the UK.

Even supporters of the strike said the decision could be on shaky legal ground because the president's authority under the Authority for Use of Military Force has not been updated since 2001.

May launched the airstrikes without approval from Parliament stating it as national interest and that it was an obligation to deter all those using chemical weapons to kill people. "They can set the agenda", said the source.

The SNP has told Sky News it would support the act.

The Prime Minister spent Saturday evening speaking to world leaders to explain why Britain had joined forces with France and the USA and will insist the three nations are "not alone" in believing it was the "right thing to do". The decision by President Donald Trump to punish the Assad regime for a suspected chemical weapons attack was met by mixed reactions, mainly along party lines.

"But a debate and vote should have happened last week before any change to the role of United Kingdom forces in Syria". Indeed, we have been calling for Parliament to be recalled since last Wednesday.

"This extraordinary u-turn is an admission that the Prime Minister made an error in failing to recall Parliament and is yet more evidence of how ill considered this military action is - and just how far Theresa May's actions have been dictated by presidential tweet". "We believe that the strikes we have taken last night had a significant impact in terms of what the Syrian regime can do in the future".

Mr Johnson said Mrs May will be making a statement in the House of Commons on Monday and it will give parliamentarians a chance to hold the executive to account.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

"There is broad based global support for the action we have taken", she will say.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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