UK's Corbyn slams May for 'waiting for Trump's instructions' on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote			
				 
   by Aidan Radnedge 
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Jeremy Corbyn Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote by Aidan Radnedge Published

Mrs May on Thursday won backing from her senior ministers to take unspecified action with the United States and France to deter further use of chemical weapons by Syria.

"Air strikes by U.S. 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.

"Britain should press for an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

Often when the British government decides on military action, the opposition offers its full support.

He added: "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".

"The Cabinet agreed that it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged..."

The Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn says the allies' bombing is "legally questionable" and risks further escalating "an already devastating conflict".

A statement from Downing Street added: "They agreed to keep working closely together on the worldwide response".

Abbott said that giving up on the possibility of a political solution was to "give up all hope", adding: "What we're interested in is an end to the violence and we don't believe that further bombing in this situation will bring an end to violence".

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

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also warned against military action, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The real danger is that what starts out as a justified punishment for the use of chemical weapons ends up with the Royal Air Force serving as the air arm of the Jihadi extremist rebels in Syria".

Russia's deputy prime minister, Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich, hit out at Trump on Friday, saying global relations should not depend on the mood of one person when he wakes up in the morning, referring to the US president's tweets on potential missile strikes into Syria.

"It is just frankly not right and we have to take action to stop that happening in the future and that's what we did last night".

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.

"Cabinet agreement" was not "sufficient for action", he said.

British law does not require the government to seek parliamentary approval before going to war, but the country remains haunted by its lead role in Iraq.

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