Syria crisis: Corbyn accuses May of waiting for Trump's instructions

Leslie Hanson
April 14, 2018

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", the Labour leader said in a withering statement about the strikes, which he labelled "legally questionable".

"Further UK military intervention in Syria's appalling multi-sided war risks escalating an already devastating conflict", Corbyn said, adding that "ministers should take their proposals, such as they are, to parliament".

"Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump". "But the United States administration is giving alarmingly contradictory signals", he said.

The Labour leader condemned the attacks carried out by RAF jets alongside those from the United States and France in Syria during the early hours of this morning in the wake of the chemical weapons attack which Mrs May has said was orchestrated by the country's President Bashar al-Assad.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said the failure to do this "fatally undermines the integrity of this mission". "The UK prime minister is accountable to Parliament, not to the whims of a U.S. president".

The SNP's Westminster Leader Ian Blackford is meanwhile pushing for an emergency Commons debate on the situation in Syria on Monday, saying it was "not acceptable" that Ms May had "ploughed ahead without any debate or parliamentary discussion".

Therefore he called on May to assure the country and lawmakers that no further action will be taken against Syria and that worldwide inspectors "be allowed to complete their inspections without hindrance".

"The Government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump on how to proceed".

Downing Street said there had been ministerial agreement that such actions should not go "unchallenged".

She told reporters: "The action that took place last night was an action which was focused on degrading and deterring the operational capability and the willingness of the Syrian regime to continue to use chemical weapons".

"I think it is right that the global community has come together and said we will not accept this", the prime minister added.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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