Jeremy Corbyn: Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote

Katrina Barker
April 16, 2018

John Woodcock and Jeremy Corbyn.

"There's one overwhelming reason why this was the right thing to do, and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons, not just by the Assad regime but around the world", he said, describing the action as a response not only to the Douma attack but repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria in the past few years.

Ministers said it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack. "Even U.S. defense secretary James Mattis has said we "don't have evidence" and warned further military action could 'escalate out of control'". "The primary objective is to say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons".

Ministers should take their proposals, such as they are, to parliament.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon described the legal position as "thin", while BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg noted that the United Kingdom is one of the few countries that tries to use humanitarian arguments to justify military action and most global lawyers don't accept the contention.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace".

"May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump", he said on Saturday.

"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".

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

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

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

He added: "It's important that we understand the limits of what we are trying to do".

"The overwhelming goal of this mission was to send a message", the foreign secretary said.

There have been calls from opposition parties and some Conservative MPs for Parliament to have a vote beforehand.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable demanded Parliament be recalled to vote on the crisis, telling the BBC: 'The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement - also because we have an erratic president of the United States'.

Theresa May will give a statement to parliament on Monday, setting out her case for military action.

Pushed on the point by Today, Ms Abbott said: "It's clear, that at this point, Russian Federation - its role in Syria... its role in the poison gas attack in Salisbury - is a greater threat to world peace than the United States".

The US, UK and France hailed their missile strikes in the early hours of yesterday morning as having successfully degraded the capability of Assad to deploy chemical weapons.

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