British Prime Minister Theresa May holds an emergency cabinet meeting Thursday amid speculation she will back U.S. action against Syria, despite divisions in a country still haunted by its involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq.
May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for a special cabinet meeting in Downing Street later on Thursday to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.
Citing unnamed sources, the BBC reported May is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking parliamentary consent.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the military that could begin as early as Thursday, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reports.
Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they did not know if it was necessary to hold a parliamentary vote on whether London should engage in the military actions against Syria.
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But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to Islamic State (IS) group targets.
"What we don't want is bombardment which leads to escalation and leads to a hot war between Russian Federation and America over the skies of Syria".
Corbyn has also evoked memories of the Iraq War, when lawmakers approved joining in the face of strong public opposition.
Further, the Russian ministry has also claimed to have certain evidence proving the direct involvement of the United States in Syria chemical attack. A YouGov poll showed just one in five members of the public support a strike on Syria.
"But parliament must be involved before any military action is agreed".
Another Conservative MP, former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, tweeted: "We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage". Specifically the govt needs to explain who is strengthened if and when Assad is weakened.