NYT Journo: Strikes haven't changed 'painful status quo' in Syria

  • NYT Journo: Strikes haven't changed 'painful status quo' in Syria

NYT Journo: Strikes haven't changed 'painful status quo' in Syria

The premier endured six and half hours of proceedings on Monday - including more than three hours answering 140 direct questions from members - as she sought to demonstrate her commitment to Parliament in the face of allegations that she had rushed to war without seeking proper approval.

Their comments come as MPs discuss the Government's decision to attack Syria at an emergency debate in Parliament this afternoon.

He asked her if she would consult parliament first ahead of future strikes if there are further chemical weapons attacks.

Drawing a link to the attempted murder of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, western England, last month, May said the attack sent a message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the strikes were "legally questionable" and called for a renewed diplomatic effort by the United Kingdom government and its allies, insisting along with some other party leaders that parliament should have been given a chance to approve the action. In 2003, Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded Parliament to support the invasion of Iraq, a decision that has cast a shadow over British politics, and the country's willingness to intervene overseas, ever since.

"This was a limited, targeted strike on a legal basis that has been used before and it was a decision which required the evaluation of intelligence and information, much of which was of a nature that could not be shared with parliament".

This is despite 61 percent of people surveyed believing President Assad's government or its allies were probably behind a chemical attack in the city of Douma. "Nobody should be in any doubt of our resolve to ensure that we can not see a situation where the use of chemical weapons is normalised".

He told the Commons that her statement to the House shows that she should be accountable to Parliament - not to the whims of the U.S. President.

A Kremlin statement said Mr Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, agreed during a telephone conversation that the air strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution of the conflict in Syria.

"The prime minister leads a minority government", he said.

May called the situation in Syria "a stain on our humanity" and stressed that the humanitarian situation made it "morally and legally right" to take action, as diplomatic efforts had been "repeatedly thwarted" and that diplomacy would not work on its own.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

Jeremy Corbyn repeated his assertion that the military action was "legally questionable".

Ian Blackford, the Scottish Nationalist Party leader at Westminster, also told May she should have recalled parliament before the attacks.

Mr Corbyn said that if Britain wants to "get the moral high ground around the world" it must abide by global law for taking military action.

"I think warnings are being issued", said Daniel Kenealy, a lecturer in public policy at Edinburgh University, adding that, lawmakers "are saying, 'Don't do this again'".

Corbyn was backed by both the SNP and Lib Dems over his demands for a future parliamentary debate on military action.