Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

Legal basis for British strikes in Syria debatable - opposition leader

Legal basis for British strikes in Syria debatable - opposition leader

Corbyn said Parliament should have been given a vote on the strikes, and called for a "War Powers Act" to set out the process by which the government can launch military action.

The Labour leader's critics have questioned the plausibility of achieving a diplomatic solution, particularly one backed by the UN Security Council, in which Russian Federation has repeatedly used its veto in defence of the Syrian regime.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Corbyn said: 'I think what we need in this country is something more robust like a War Powers Act so that governments do get held to account by Parliament for what they do in our name'.

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Shadow foreign secretary Diane Abbott also warned military action could end up with the RAF inadvertently "serving as the air arm" of Jihadi extremist rebels.

'Not urgent cases. Clearly not when we are under attack or the Prime Minister has been kidnapped, or anything like that'.

David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, said: "We have got no plans for legislation".

The UK government is "waiting for instructions" from Donald Trump about whether to launch a missile strike on Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Russia, which backs Assad's regime, described reports of chemical weapons as a "provocation".

Mr Johnson added: "If and when such a thing were to happen then clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were".

Mr Jones said: "I spoke with the PM late last night about the action in Syria".

He said it was "deeply alarming" to see the return of chemical weapons to the battlefield in Syria and the airstrikes was the "right thing to do" in "settling the determination to ensure these weapons cannot be used".

Mr Trump declared it was "mission accomplished" after the "perfectly executed" operation.

Corbyn, the British opposition leader who unexpectedly became party head in 2015, is a supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel.

"She could have recalled Parliament last week or she could have delayed until tomorrow when Parliament returns itself", he said.

It found that 54% opposed the move compared with 30% who backed Mrs May.

Conservative MP and former soldier Johnny Mercer said Mrs May had a "duty" to speak to advocate any action and "bring the country with her".

Legal advice published by the government on Saturday argued that in exceptional circumstances governments can take military action "in order to alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering".

The bombing raids were in response to an alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma earlier this week.

National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill also said only the Kremlin had the "technical means, operational experience and the motive to carry out the attack".

Mr Corbyn added: "Ministers should take their proposals, such as they are, to parliament".

Survation interviewed 2,071 people online on Saturday for the Mail on Sunday.

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