Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

After Syria strikes, Britain's May to face critical parliament


"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised, either in Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere". British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in an interview with Euronews earlier expressed hope that the missile attack would be "a deterrent" for the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

In a statement Mrs May said that the Syrian regime had demonstrated a "persistent pattern of behaviour" when it came to the use of chemical weapons, that "must be stopped". "Yet... the worldwide community is not convinced that a chemical attack took place in Douma, and wants to see the results of the ongoing OPCW investigation... to say that "there is no practicable alternative to the use of force if lives are to be saved" is hypocritical, to say the least", the statement says.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning - a charge vehemently denied by Moscow which has accused London of failing to come up with evidence for its claims.

"You can imagine that people around the world are looking now and saying 'finally, someone stood up against that".

DUP MP Nigel Doods, reacting to the air strikes, said: "First and foremost we salute the courage of our fearless servicemen and women".

"And the world said "enough" to the use of such weapons".

"It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done", she said.

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May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday. "That's a separate proposition and we would have to look, together with our colleagues, at what the options were then".

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Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said Britain should press for an independent United Nations -led investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Douma rather than wait for instructions from Trump on how to proceed.

"There is also the question as to how this use of force will be linked and subordinated to strategies for bringing the fighting in Syria to a rapid end and for resetting relations between the West and Russian Federation", he said in the commentary.

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way", Corbyn said.

"Where is the legal basis for this?" he said.

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