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Theresa May summons cabinet to decide Syria response

Theresa May summons cabinet to decide Syria response

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has slammed Premier Theresa May for not consulting the parliament before allowing the British military to join the US and France in carrying out coordinated airstrikes in Syria.

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the worldwide response", the statement concluded. "But the USA administration is giving alarmingly contradictory signals", he said.

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.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it was understood the United Kingdom was planning a genuinely joint effort with the U.S. and France, rather than playing a supporting role.

Russian Federation has been granted a request for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Friday for fresh discussions on the threat to global peace from air strikes on Syria.

May's Cabinet on Thursday agreed it was "highly likely" Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible for last weekend's attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, which left dozens dead, and that it was "vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

But rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues have called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement.

It comes after Theresa May and Donald Trump agreed that the use of chemical weapons must not go unchallenged after the British Prime Minister won the backing of her Cabinet for action to prevent their further use in Syria.

Russia's military said on Thursday that Douma was now under full control of the Syrian government after a Russian-mediated deal secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

She was asked three time whether she believed Russia or the U.S. was a greater threat to world peace, before conceding that, "at this point", given its role in Syria and Salisbury, Russia posed the higher risk.

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In the call, the two leaders had agreed that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad "had established a pattern of unsafe behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons", Downing Street said.

"But it is about doing the right thing, it is about actually protecting those innocent people that the Assad regime have so little care for and are quite comfortable in terms of using chemical weapons against them".

Earlier on Saturday, the US, United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in the country.

Corbyn continued: "Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump".

The UK Prime Minister is accountable to Parliament, not to the whims of a USA pPresident.

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.

The legal argument will form the centrepiece of Mr Corbyn's attack on the Government's handling of the issue when MPs return on Monday after the Easter recess.

He said: "I spoke with the PM late last night about the action in Syria".

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

The shadow home secretary said it would be "outrageous" for the government to launch military action without giving MPs a vote in parliament.


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