UK Supports International Response To Alleged Douma Chemical Attack

  • UK Supports International Response To Alleged Douma Chemical Attack

UK Supports International Response To Alleged Douma Chemical Attack

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

Prime Minister Theresa May has moved Britain closer to taking military action against Syria, saying it looked like President Bashar Al Assad's forces were behind a chemical weapons attack.

After warning Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action, US President Donald Trump said yesterday he was holding meetings on Syria and expected to make decisions "fairly soon". "Cabinet on its own should not be making this decision", he said. He said earlier this week that France was ready to attack the "chemical capabilities" of the Assad regime.

Parliament is in recess until Monday, though it could be called back early for an emergency debate.

There's also the simple fact that the use of chemical weapons crosses lines - legal and moral - while many British lawmakers feel that their failure to act in 2013 contributed to the dire situation that Syria faces now.

The British cabinet met earlier and agreed to work with the United States and France to coordinate an global response.

The statement made no specific reference to military action.

According to a declassified summary issued by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body has confirmed Britain's findings on the identity of the nerve agent used in the attack, although not on its origin. The group will not assign blame for the reported attack.

"The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of global law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all".

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike, but the timing and scale of any action remain unclear. Downing Street spokesmen repeatedly declined to comment on that report.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North has spoken tonight of his thoughts on the suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria. Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said more than 40 people were killed. It has been observed in subsequent military deployments in Libya and Iraq.

Merkel has however ruled out joining any possible strikes against Syria.

In 2013, the British parliament defeated a call by then prime minister David Cameron for air strikes in response to an earlier chemical attack in Syria.

But with less than a year to go until Britain leaves the European Union, May wants to deepen its "special relationship" with the United States with a wide-ranging free trade deal that would help cushion the impact of Brexit.