After Syria strikes, May to face critical parliament


At the same time 54 percent of those surveyed said that UK Prime Minister Theresa May should have held a parliamentary debate and vote before intervening militarily in Syria, while 30 percent of respondents said that it was not necessary, according to the survey.

British Royal Air Force jets joined American and French warplanes and ships in hitting targets in Syria early Saturday in response to a reported chemical attack by the Syrian government in the town of Douma.

It is the first time the United Kingdom has directly intervened against the Syrian regime and follows a chemical attack last Saturday - thought to have used chlorine and a nerve agent - on an opposition town, which left at least 40 civilians dead.

Saying she had no doubt the "Syrian regime" was behind an attack which she called a "stain on humanity", May told lawmakers she had acted in the national interest and refused to say whether she would seek their approval for further action.

"The Syrian regime has reportedly been attempting to hide the evidence by searching evacuees from Douma to ensure samples are not being smuggled from this area".

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Monday that the organization's team "has not yet deployed to Douma", two days after arriving in Syria.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, responding to the new campaign, said the people's vote had already taken place, adding: "They voted with a substantial majority to leave the EU".

While Umunna warned leftist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn against "aiding and abetting" a full Brexit, Soubry claimed that pro-Brexit Conservatives were veering towards "extremism".

Corbyn will on Monday ask the Speaker to grant an emergency debate, that is likely to lead to a vote, which will scrutinise May's judgment in authorising the airstrikes along with France and the US.

"This statement serves as a reminder that the prime minister is accountable to this parliament, not to the whims of the USA president", Corbyn said.

May denied acting at the behest of the U.S.

"I think the best and right thing to do is to put it back to the people and say you can have a vote on this deal", she said.

Mr Philippe told politicians that France's "riposte" was "proportionate" and sent a strong, clear message to dissuade Syria's Government from using chemical weapons.

He said Britain should introduce a War Powers Act to ban military action without Parliament's approval. Only 3% thought they'd get more.

The country is due to leave the European Union in March next year.

Another superhero appeared in support of the People's Vote, with Lord Adonis tweeting a picture of himself with EU Supergirl and self-proclaimed "professional trouble-maker" Madeleina Kay who fronted the Labour peer's campaign to encourage young people to emotionally blackmail their elderly grandparents and relatives into reversing their support for Brexit.

Yesterday, Syrian chemical weapons facilities were bombed by the UK, US and France - as punishment for a suspected poison gas attack.

BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said if approved it would be up to the opposition parties to decide if they wanted a vote at the end of the debate.

More than 70 delegations are expected at the April 24-25 donor conference for Syria in Brussels.