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May mulls Syria action despite cautious mood in UK

May mulls Syria action despite cautious mood in UK

The Prime Minister has recalled her cabinet ministers from an Easter break in anticipation of action, and they will be asked to "consider the next steps" at a meeting this afternoon, a Downing Street source told The Times.

The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the USA without seeking prior approval from parliament, and the Financial Times said the cabinet had agreed to this.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike, but the timing and scale of any action remain unclear.

May isn't legally required to get Parliament's backing for military action, though it is conventional for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote.

This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the suspected chemical attack in Syria calling it "shocking and barbaric".

The mission was only allowed after approval by MPs - they backed military action in Iraq in September 2014, and in Syria a year later, strictly limiting strikes to IS targets.

May has said "all indications" point to Syrian responsibility for the attack.

Washington D.C. [USA], April 14 (ANI): The US Department of State on Friday announced that the United Kingdom was not involved in the Syrian chemical attack that took place on April 7 while blaming Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad for the same.

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

YouGov adds: "Across all parties voters are more likely to oppose than support missile strikes, although Conservative voters are the most evenly split with 34 per cent in opposition and 33 per cent in support".


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