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Syria air strikes: MPs to hold second emergency debate

Syria air strikes: MPs to hold second emergency debate
From BBC - April 16, 2018

MPs will consider Parliament's role in approving military action in Syria later after Theresa May authorised air strikes without consulting them.

The emergency debate was secured by Jeremy Corbyn, who accused the PM of by-passing Parliament.

Mrs May defended her decision during six hours of debate on Monday.

She said there was evidence the Assad government was behind the chemical weapons attack in Douma and it was "legally right" to join the strikes.

Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the decision to authorise air strikes without Parliament's approval set a precedent for possible, more dangerous action in the future.

He said the debate was needed to clarify the government's obligation to consult MPs before military intervention, which is the current convention.

BBC News political correspondent Alex Forsyth said Tuesday's debate was not expected to result in a binding vote, but could inflict some political damage.

Even some MPs who supported Mr May's decision to order strikes expressed frustration that Parliament was by-passed, our correspondent added.

On Monday, Mr Corbyn said the government must be "accountable to this Parliament and not to the whims of this US president".

He questioned who was responsible for the attack, saying that while it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was behind it, other groups had carried out similar attacks.

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