April 26, 2018

UK's Theresa May says Syria chemical weapons can't go unchallenged

14 April 2018, 02:54 | Cesar Cruz

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Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss joining mooted strikes by the USA and allies, with ministers agreeing "on the need to take action", her Downing Street office said in a statement.

Tensions have reached a possible tipping point with U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to attack Syrian government forces directly in response to a supposed chemical weapons attack.

Later, May's office said she had spoken with Trump by telephone, and the two had agreed it was vital to challenge Assad's use of chemical weapons, and that they would continue to work closely together to do so.

Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they did not know if it was necessary to hold a parliamentary vote on whether London should engage in the military actions against Syria.

"And we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future".

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the global response", the statement concluded.

Trump is also expected to speak to French President Emmanuel Macron about what form action could take, with the White House saying "no final decision has been made".

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The crisis has evoked memories of the Iraq War, which was approved by parliament and left 179 British soldiers dead and unleashed years of sectarian violence.

"But parliament must be involved before any military action is agreed".

A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.

Corbyn has said any action in Syria should be put to a parliamentary vote.

The latest events in Douma are examples of the Assad regime's "violation of worldwide norms", British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.

Other members of May's Conservative party have urged restraint in a highly fraught situation.

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