British opposition charges May for attacking Syria without permission from Parliament
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, talks about the military intervention in Syria on April 14, 2018 in London
The British opposition criticized this Saturday the British prime minister, Theresa May, for joining the United States in the attack on Syria without permission from Parliament, accusing her of blindly following Donald Trump.
“Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, instead of following Donald Trump,” criticized Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, after Saturday’s attacks on Bashar al-Assad’s regime in retaliation for his alleged chemical attack against the civilian population in the town of Duma, which left dozens dead.
“The United Kingdom has to play the role of leader to achieve a ceasefire in the conflict, not obey instructions from Washington,” added the veteran socialist.
The attack occurred during the parliamentary recess of Easter and May promised to appear before the deputies on Monday to explain their position.
According to the prime minister, the attacks were intended to send a “clear message” against the use of chemical weapons, a few weeks after they will be used on English soil against ex-spy Sergei Skripal and her daughter Yulia, in an attack that London accused precisely Russia, the main defender of Asad.
– “Take the skirts to Trump” –
“This action is absolutely in the national interest,” May said in an appearance before the press in Downing Street, after polls showed that only a quarter of the British supported attacks on Syria.
“My message to the people is that this is about the use of chemical weapons, and for about a hundred years we have had a generally accepted position in the international community that chemical weapons are illegal,” May said.
“This position” of the international community against chemical weapons “has been undermined lately” and “it is in the interest of the whole world to restore that international norm”.
Record of the British fighter plane Tornado GR4 used in Syria
But for the leader of the fourth parliamentary force, the liberal Vince Cable, May did nothing but “bring the skirts” to Trump.
“Wearing the skirts of the erratic president of the United States does not replace a mandate from the House of Commons,” Cable said in a statement.
Also Scottish nationalists of the SNP (Scottish National Party), third party in number of deputies, were critical.
“We can not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population, but neither the prime minister nor the president have explained how this action, taken without parliamentary approval, will stop the use of chemical weapons,” said the leader of the SNP and chief of the Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon.
– The Iraq fiasco flies over London –
The Stop the War pacifist coalition announced Monday that it will demonstrate before Parliament.
British warplanes that participated in the operation fired missiles at a Syrian military compound near Homs suspected of harboring substances to make chemical weapons, the British defense ministry reported Saturday.
May’s predecessor, David Cameron, did not achieve in August 2013 the support of the House of Commons for a military response to the first use of chemical weapons by Al Asad against the civilian population.
The disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its subsequent occupation – which did have parliamentary support – resulted in the deaths of 179 British soldiers and tainted the legacy of the then prime minister, Labor Tony Blair.
May has only a limited absolute majority in the House of Commons thanks to a pact with the Northern Irish Unionists of the DUP, the only parliamentary party that on Saturday expressed its support for the attacks.
So did Cameron, who expressed “his firm support” to the attacks, in a message on the social network Twitter.
In the process of leaving the European Union, the prime minister is also confronted with the need to please the White House, which has not hesitated to blame the attack on Damascus but also on Moscow.