Jeremy Corbyn demands law banning PM from military action without MP vote

Jeremy Corbyn Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote			
				 
   by Aidan Radnedge 
  Published

The meeting at Number 10 was held to determine whether Britain would join US-led air strikes against the regime of president Bashar Assad.

The Labour leader told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show he believed Parliament should have been given a vote on military intervention and that the prime minister had been too keen to "follow Donald Trump's lead".

But Mr Corbyn called for the introduction of a War Powers Act to stop governments launching military action in most circumstances without the backing of MPs.

Asked by CNN on Sunday why parliament wasn't asked for its approval for Syria attacks, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says our main concern was the effectiveness and speed of the operation in Syria.

In theory there are three alternative responses - the first a punitive strike such as the USA attack on the Shayrat air base in April 2017 that saw 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles hit the the air base in response to a chemical weapons attack.

The UK government is "waiting for instructions" from Donald Trump about whether to launch a missile strike on Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Corbyn, who has previously opposed military action in Syria, among other war zones, said he "can only countenance involvement in Syria if there is United Nations authority behind it".

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It would be outrageous for the government not to bring military action in Syria to Parliament - for Parliament to have a vote..."

"The overwhelming goal of this mission was to send a message", the foreign secretary said.


"Corbyn seems more anxious about upsetting Russian Federation than about preventing use of chemical weapons".

The prime minister's office said she had spoken to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia; Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan; German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of Italy, Australia and Canada about the strikes. The attack killed "up to 75 people", according to the government.

The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

He said it was "deeply alarming" to see the return of chemical weapons to the battlefield in Syria and the airstrikes was the "right thing to do" in "settling the determination to ensure these weapons cannot be used".

Earlier on Friday, Corbyn also accused May's government of "waiting for instructions" from the United States on how to proceed in the Syrian crisis, but that Donald Trump was giving "alarmingly contradictory signals".

Corbyn, the British opposition leader who unexpectedly became party head in 2015, is a supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel.

His comments come after the United States, United Kingdom and France fired early Saturday over 100 missiles into Syria according to the Syrian government, Russian Federation and the US military.

The scheme would involve the next Labour government providing funds to local authorities who introduce bus franchising, or who take their local bus services back under public control.

"In a modern, parliamentary democracy, I think you have got to have parliamentary approval if you have a planned, policy decision to launch a military attack of any significant size".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack
President Donald Trump's "resolve" to prevent any further use of chemical weapons in Syria, the sources said. Trump discussed the Syria situation with his national security team at the White House on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria
The three countries had carried out a wave of pre-dawn missile strikes, hitting targets near Damascus and in Homs province, Western officials said.

Syria "most serious threat" to int'l peace, security: Guterres
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group said four of its members were killed in an apparent accidental blast in the. The Government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian Government forces had entered the town.

Lewis Hamilton reveals the real reason he struggled in Chinese Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo , Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen celebrate on the podium Chinese Grand Prix . In order to allow the track marshalls to clean up the debris, the safety vehicle was deployed.

On the Chemical Attack in Douma
The ministry said the allegations have been planned beforehand to prolong the lives of the "terrorists" in Douma. France said it would work closely with the United States on a response to the suspected chemical attack .

Trump Pardons Ex-Cheney Aide Who Lied To FBI
Still others view it as an ominous sign as indictments continue to grow in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Libby, who resigned from his position after pleading not guilty, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000.

Justice Department inspector general says McCabe repeatedly mislead
McCabe previously drew attention for his misbehavior regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, two days before his scheduled retirement.

Terrifying New Study Breaks Down Exactly How Drinking Will Shorten Your Life
However, the overall effects of drinking more than seven drinks a week are more bad than good, lead researcher Wood said. They include Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as the USA , where for men the recommended limit is nearly double.

Trump impregnated his housekeeper during love affair, reports
Sharon Churcher, one of the lead A.M.I. reporters on the story, told me, "I do not believe that story was true". One of our friends who passed away - he saw him too, walking down the street", Ms.

JP Morgan's first-quarter profit easily tops expectations
This organization's stock showed a trading volume of 16.33 million shares, compared to its average daily volume of 16.42M shares. The financial services provider reported $2.37 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $2.28 by $0.09.

United Nations chief: Youth are leaders of today, not tomorrow
A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia , China , France , Britain or the United States to pass. France is reported to be one of the strongest backers of a possible strike which Russian Federation strongly opposes.

Full text of the Supreme Court order in Nawaz Sharif's lifetime disqualification
Speaking to reporters after the ruling, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb from the ruling party called the judgment a "joke".

Is Facebook regulation 'inevitable'? Not so fast
It gave us a glimpse into what Facebook has done in the past, where it now stands, and where it is heading next. Cambridge was also implicated in the banning of a second data broker , Cubeyou, from Facebook on Monday.

How The Kardashians Are Supporting Khloé Through The Cheating Scandal
Two years ago, Thompson left his then girlfriend, Jordan Craig , who was nine months pregnant at the time, for Kardashian. However it is not known whether Tristan plans to be part of the pregnancy following the viral scandal.

Red Sox expect retaliation from Yankees for Kelly plunking Austin
He has allowed two earned runs or fewer over six-plus innings pitched in each of his six career starts against NY at Fenway. When he was hit, Austin became instantly enraged, throwing his bat down and then his helmet before charging the mound.

Other news