“Were we to have come to Parliament to say ‘this is what our intentions are’, then not only Syria but Russia itself would have responded as well.”
Posts Tagged: Syria
Votes loom on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Lords. Which places a big responsibility on Labour’s leader there – Angela Smith.
Crossbench votes are always crucial in the Upper House as it now is. But the decisive role in the Bill’s consideration may well be played by the Official Opposition.
WATCH: May – “Neither I nor this government take instructions from any president or any other national government”
The Prime Minister rejects the suggestion that Donald Trump ordered the UK to join airstrikes against the Assad regime’s chemical weapons facilities.
The Prime Minister says that military action was not about regime change or intervention in civil war.
WATCH: Corbyn tells the Prime Minister she shouldn’t take her lead from Trump. She rolls her eyeballs.
“This statement serves as a reminder that the Prime Minister is accountable to this Parliament – not to the whims of the US President,” he says.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
WATCH: Cable – It’s “very important for the Prime Minister to build a consensus” on Syria, “which she hasn’t done”
The Liberal Democrat Leader warns that May could come to regret not holding a Commons vote if the operation goes “very badly pear-shaped”.
WATCH: Lidington – “We are neither shutting our eyes nor holding our noses” to Assad’s other war crimes
As well as punishing the use of chemical weapons, “we are seeking to hold Assad to account at the UN Security Council…despite the fact that he is protected by Russia”.
WATCH: Thornberry – “It cannot be Donald Trump and a couple of allies deciding unilaterally” on Syria
“We have been here before, when we have not had clear evidence about weapons of mass destruction.”
WATCH: Johnson – “This was the right thing to do – to deter the use of chemical weapons not just by Assad but around the world”
“People around the world are looking now and saying ‘finally, someone stood up against that’, and the world said ‘enough’ to the use of such weapons.”
WATCH: “I want to see incontrovertible evidence” – Corbyn still won’t say Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack
“Do you agree with John McDonnell, who said this was…state-sponsored?” “If we’re going to make an…assertion like that we’ve got to have the absolute evidence…”
Three in four support some kind of action. However, three in five appear unwilling to risk members of our armed forces losing their lives.
She cited the attack in Salisbury: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised….in Syria, on the streets of the UK…
With over 1,000 responses in, the Tory grassroots appear to believe that May would be right to abandon Blair’s precedent and act on the royal prerogative.
WATCH: May – “We sought to use every possible diplomatic channel. But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted.”
The Prime Minister announces airstrikes against the Syrian regime following its chemical attack.