United Kingdom opposition leader says no legal basis for attack on Syria
United Kingdom opposition leader says no legal basis for attack on Syria
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15 April, 2018, 05:45
The Labour leader condemned the attacks carried out by RAF jets alongside those from the U.S. 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.
Four RAF Tornado fighter jets armed with the destructive Storm Shadow missiles took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus during the early hours of this morning and targeted a Syrian chemical weapons site 15 miles west of Horns.
Mr Corbyn, a former chairman of the Stop The War Coalition, previously voted against Britain's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as against proposed military action against Syria in 2013 and 2016.
Pressed on whether there were any circumstances in which Labour would back military action in Syria, Ms Abbott said: "What we are interested in is an end to the violence and we don't believe that further bombing, in this situation, will bring an end to the violence".
Labour's leader says the PM is not accountable to the "whims of a US President" and asks her to release her "full" legal advice.
Mr Corbyn accused the prime minister of "waiting for instructions" from President Trump about what to do.
"Air strikes by USA and United Kingdom forces have not resolved the situation in Syria in the past and I am not persuaded they will do so now", the Scottish First Minister said.
There have been calls from opposition parties and some Conservative MPs for Parliament to have a vote beforehand.
"The Government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".
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.
"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".
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Douma and the rest of eastern Ghouta had been a significant rebel stronghold throughout Syria's civil war and its surrender came after years of siege by Assad's troops and a months-long military offensive.
MPs are due to return to Westminster from the Easter recess on Monday - and a row is continuing between some MPs over whether a vote should take place in Parliament before any action is taken.
Mrs May is still yet to unequivocally point the finger of blame at the Assad government but she has spoken of the need for action "if" the regime is found to bear responsibility.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable echoed Mr Corbyn in saying the decision to deploy missiles in Syria should have been decided by Parliament.
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