Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Theresa May justifies UK's call to attack Syria without parliamentary vote

Theresa May justifies UK's call to attack Syria without parliamentary vote

May has not confirmed whether Britain will participate directly, but said "the continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged". "It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done", she said.

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for a special cabinet meeting in Downing Street later on Thursday to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

Mr Macron said he has been talking regularly this week with United States president Donald Trump about the most effective response and that any French action would target Syria's chemical weapons abilities.

The statement released by Downing Street after Thursday's Cabinet meeting made no direct reference to military action, but will be seen as a signal Britain would be prepared to join any US-led air strikes against the regime should the Americans decide to go ahead - putting it on a potential collision course with Assad's principal backer, Russia. Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack.

However, a statement issued from Downing Street last night did not confirm any details around the likelihood of immediate military action.

"They agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of unsafe behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons". The Syrian regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

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The United States, France and Britain have launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) for an apparent chemical attack against civilians last week and to deter him from doing it again. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

That assessment appeared to echo President Macron, who said they had "proof" that "at least chlorine" was used in the attack by the regime.

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, and we'll be working with our closest allies to consider how we can ensure that those responsible are held to account, and also how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe of the use of chemical weapons in the future".

Earlier, the BBC said May would not seek prior parliamentary approval for joining military action because she favoured taking action soon.

Protesters hold up a placard as bus passengers look on during a demonstration, Friday, April 13, 2018, in London, organised by the Stop the War Coalition against possible military intervention or bombing by western allies in Syria.

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