Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Theresa summons cabinet to decide Syria response

Theresa summons cabinet to decide Syria response

British Prime Minister Theresa May holds an emergency cabinet meeting Thursday amid speculation she will back USA action against Syria, despite divisions in a country still haunted by its involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any USA -led strikes in response to the attack in Douma.

The U.S. military is also preparing strike options after President Donald J. Trump warned Russian Federation to "get ready" because missiles "will be coming" on Twitter.

Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they did not know if it was necessary to hold a parliamentary vote on whether London should engage in the military actions against Syria.

"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act", May told reporters on Wednesday.

However, it is believed there are no plans to recall MPs, who are not due to return to parliament until Monday, to give their approval.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it is "vital that parliament has the chance to debate and decide in advance" of any military action, which he warned "risks a risky escalation of the conflict".

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Syria's been fighting civil war for over seven years. May isn't legally required to do that, though it has become conventional since the 2003 invasion of Iraq for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote before British forces are deployed.

Many MPs have called for Britain to act against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of global law and could not be allowed to go unpunished.

Corbyn has also evoked memories of the Iraq War, when lawmakers approved joining in the face of strong public opposition.

Other members of May's Conservative party have urged restraint in a highly fraught situation.

Attacks by alleged perpetrators since 2013, according to data analysed by Human Rights Watch.

Trump has since tempered those remarks and the White House said no final decisions on possible actions had been taken.

The latest events in Douma are examples of the Assad regime's "violation of worldwide norms", British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday. "And what happens after".


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