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May faces criticism for not recalling parliament before striking Syria

Last update: 17/04/2018
LONDON, April 17 (Bernama) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May refused on Monday to give lawmakers a guarantee that she would seek parliamentary approval ahead of missile strikes on Syria, Xinhua news agency reported.

May, who faced criticism for not recalling parliament before sanctioning the missile attacks by the Royal Air Force, was attacked by opposition politicians and at least one from her own Conservative Party as she gave a report on the missile strikes by Britain, the US and France.

Speaking in the House of Commons, May said although the missile strikes did not get parliament approval, they were justified as she had to act fast following reports of an alleged chemical attack in Douma.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called for a War Powers Act to ensure future military action would only be taken if parliament approved of action.

He added that the weekend strikes were legally questionable, telling May that she was accountable to the British parliament and not to the whims and fancy of US President Donald Trump.....


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