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Opposition challenges UK involvement in Syrian attack

Labour doubts its legality while liberals and SNP criticize that May does not consult Parliament

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Opposition challenges UK involvement in Syrian attack

Theresa May has faced critics against military action in Syria on Monday afternoon, in which United Kingdom took part with four tornadoes in early hours of Saturday without consulting with Parliament, as custom dictates. Constitutional, insisting that decision was taken in name of national interest to prevent humanitarian suffering. The Prime Minister has referred to chemical weapons attack in Syrian town of Duma, which has said that y have specific evidence that demonstrates authorship of El Asad regime, as "a stain on our humanity" that required rapid action to avoid More attacks.

It has rejected May that any military action such as that taken by Government should have approval of United Nations, as opposition leader, Labour Jeremy Corbyn, reiterated. Recalling Russia's veto of six interventions in Syria since 2017, prime minister has argued that waiting for UN action "would mean Russia's veto in British foreign policy."

The appearance of Prime minister in Parliament, on day when this retakes its activity after Easter holidays and three days after military action, has been surrounded by a high tension, due to rejection that has aroused in ranks of opposition May's refusal to summon members in an extraordinary manner to vote on a decision as relevant as sending troops to fight in a foreign country.

Ian Blackford, leader of National Scottish Party (SNP) in Westminster, has been one of those who has reminded May that he has broken a compromise reached following invasion in Iraq of 2003. "Prime minister leads a minority government," said Blackford, "it would have been perfectly possible for house to have been summoned in advance, why was it not done?" The Liberals also expressed ir refusal during session that May not consult house. So said his leader Vince Cable, who asked prime minister what would happen if re was a new attack with toxic gases.

The precedent of Iraq war, to which former Labour prime Minister Tony Blair dragged country by holding its decision in a falsely proven intelligence, still weighs on British public opinion. A recent survey, conducted shortly after attack on Duma that triggered US-led military response, revealed that only 22% of British supported country's participation in retaliation, compared to 43% that showed its rejection.

May, in front of a minority government, has wanted to make it clear that it is Parliament's responsibility to ask Prime Minister for account, but has said that requesting camera's prior approval would not have been possible. The decision, he assured, "required assessment of intelligence and information, much of which was of such a nature that it could not be shared with Parliament." "Making se decisions is my responsibility as prime Minister," he said, "and I will take m."

"Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because doing so goes in our national interest. It is our national interest to prevent use of chemical weapons in Syria and to defend global consensus that se weapons should not be used, "May said before a full house. "No one should have any doubt of our determination to ensure that we cannot see a situation where use of chemical weapons is standardized."

Labourer Jeremy Corbyn, owner of a political trajectory marked by Antibelicismo, had already made clear before May's appearance his rejection of an intervention that he considered "wrong and misconceived", as well as "legally questionable". "This hearing reminds me that Prime Minister must be held accountable to Parliament, not to whims of President of United States," said leader of opposition. And he insisted that, "although suspicions correctly point to government of El Asad, chemical weapons have also been used by or groups in conflict."

Theresa May has pledged to make a diplomatic effort to get Assad regime back to negotiating table in Geneva. But, although it has defined attack last weekend of "Limited and selective," it has not ruled out possibility of furr military action in future.


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