Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Church trip to Syria hours after United Kingdom air strike 'nuts'

Church trip to Syria hours after United Kingdom air strike 'nuts'

"Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because it is in our national interest to do so".

Prime Minister Theresa May's meeting on Tuesday will come ahead of a summit of Commonwealth leaders this week, after more than 140 British MPs demanded her government stop treating members of the Windrush generation as illegal migrants.

But she will be grilled over why she broke with a convention to seek parliamentary approval for the action, a decision that she and her ministers say was driven by the need to act quickly.

The prime minister's spokesman insisted that "no-one with the right to be here will be made to leave".

She said it would be a "very challenging" week in general, adding: "Some of the internal issues have to remain just that, whatever your own personal views".

"Grant Shapps supports military action but has voted against allowing children fleeing these war crimes in Syria to enter the UK".

"She will be coming to the House of Commons where she will be questioned by members of parliament, scrutinizing her role as prime minister, and that is the appropriate relationship between government, on the one hand, and parliament, on the other".

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"We have not done this because President Trump asked us to, we have done it because we believed it was the right thing to do, and we are not alone", May said to cheers.

In Luxembourg, the foreign ministers of the 28 European Union countries called for a political breakthrough involving regional players to put Syria on track to a peaceful solution for its seven-year conflict.

Corbyn won approval for a debate on parliament's rights in regard to British military action on Tuesday, and parliament debated long into the evening on Monday on the government's strategy in Syria, particularly regarding civilians there.

The meeting was said to mark a sign of solidarity with the country's Christian minority but a decision to press ahead with the trip - hours after United Kingdom warplanes struck suspect chemical weapons facilities - was questioned.

Writing on Twitter, Rev Fraser said: "With the Grand Mufti of Syria - the top Muslim cleric in Syria - in the astonishing Umayyad Mosque in central Damascus talking about how love is stronger than missiles".

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's legacy was tainted by his decision to join the war against Iraq, especially after an inquiry concluded that the decision was based on flawed intelligence, while her predecessor, David Cameron, was damaged after losing a vote for strikes against Syria in 2013. But anger over what many see as the U.K.'s shabby treatment of residents of Caribbean origin eclipsed trade topics.

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