UK's May Defends Striking Syria Without Seeking Parliament's Backing

Amr Armanazi 74  is director general at Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre

Britain's decision to conduct air strikes against Syria was in the country's national interest, and not the result of pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament on Monday.

May told legislators in the House of Commons that seeking their approval would have been impractical, both because Parliament was on a spring break until Monday and because some of the intelligence behind the decision was classified.

May said there wasn't time to consult lawmakers before Britain joined USA and French airstrikes on Syrian military targets on Saturday and dismissed opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn's accusation that she was acting on "the whims of the US president" as an insult to her government. "It's my responsibility as prime minister to make these decisions - and I will". "Her focus today is on making a statement to parliament, allowing parliament to scrutinise that decision", her spokesman added.

Ian Blackford, the leader of the opposition Scottish National Party in Westminster, was another of her critics who asked May why she had broken with a convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and not recalled parliament for a vote.

"The prime minister is accountable to this Parliament, not the whims of the USA president", Corbyn said. "Why was this not done?"


While some Conservatives also expressed their regret that she had bypassed parliament, May also enjoyed praise from others - one calling her a "real prime minister" by moving swiftly to support the joint air strikes.

Corbyn drew jeers and shouts for his taunt that May had acted to please Trump.

The Labour leader called for a new War Powers Act, which would impose a legal obligation on the government to get the backing of MPs before military action.

Earlier, Syrian state media broadcast what it said were images of hundreds of Syrians celebrating their government's successful interception of most of the missiles launched into Syria early Saturday by the United States, Britain and France.

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. "There's no more serious issue than the life-and-death matter of military action, and Parliament has the right to support or stop the government taking military action". May has emphasized that the strikes were "limited" to only target Damascus's chemical weapons program. There will be another non-binding vote Tuesday after the speaker granted Corbyn's request for an urgent debate on military action requiring parliamentary approval. Some 36 percent supported the strikes. It was a "stain on our humanity" that demanded action sooner than would be possible if she had waited for lawmakers or the United Nations, she said. "If it's a success, she wins". She took personal responsibility for ordering Britain's participation in the air strikes and rejected claims that she had acted under pressure from USA president Donald Trump.

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