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Jeremy Corbyn: Allies' bombing is 'legally questionable'

15 April 2018
Jeremy Corbyn: Allies' bombing is 'legally questionable'

This legally questionable action risks escalating... an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely'.

Jeremy Corbyn urged Theresa May to postpone the attack on Syria during a midnight telephone conversation on Friday.

Corbyn's call for negotiations over further military intervention in a conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions comes as the Tory government-led by Prime Minister Theresa May-is keeping the U.K.in line with the USA and France "on a steady march" toward attacks on Syria, according to Politico.

Sources say the PM is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking parliamentary consent.

He added: "The Government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

The Labour leader spoke out after the Prime Minister insisted she had "no practicable alternative" than to order strikes on Syria's chemical weapons capabilities following an attack on civilians.

There must be urgent confirmation from the Prime Minister that there will be no further action and no change to the role of United Kingdom military in regards to Syria without a full parliamentary debate.

But Mr Corbyn said: "More bombing, more killing, more war will not save life".

But rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues have called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, however, backed May's decision. "The reason they are not doing it is they are frightened they will lose the vote", she said.

Mrs May has said "all the indications" are that the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad, which denies mounting a chemical attack, was responsible.

He said it was "deeply alarming" to see the return of chemical weapons to the battlefield in Syria and the airstrikes was the "right thing to do" in "settling the determination to ensure these weapons cannot be used".

Mrs May and Mr Trump had also "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the United Kingdom government of "waiting for instructions" from the USA on how to proceed in the Syrian crisis after the allies vowed to work closely together on an worldwide response.

MPs are due to return to Westminster from the Easter recess on Monday - and a row is continuing between some MPs over whether a vote should take place in Parliament before any action is taken.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable demanded Parliament be recalled to vote on the crisis, telling the BBC: 'The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement - also because we have an erratic president of the United States'.