Western missile attack on Syria was 'right and legal', May says

UK Ministers

UK Ministers

"This evening I have authorized British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use".

"This is not about intervening in a civil war". It is not about regime change. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20% of the Syrian airforce.

He also did not rule out further attacks against Syria if the Assad regime continued the alleged use of chemical weapons.

"Theresa May needs to realise that she leads a minority government and that Parliament must have a voice in matters of such importance before actions like that are taken".

"It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria - and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used". Britain has accused Russia of being behind last month's nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England, a charge Moscow has rejected.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said.

In a statement to the Commons, she will also set out her justification for the decision - arguing that it was done to alleviate further humanitarian suffering in Syria caused by chemical weapons attacks.

Four British fighter jets struck a military base near Homs where Britain said Syrian government forces were holding chemical weapon components.

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Williamson told BBC radio that all British crews returned safely and early indications were that the strikes had been "highly successful".

"Last Saturday the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians, this time in the town of Douma near the Syrian capital of Damascus".

She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

Parliament is not due to reconvene until Monday, following its Easter recess.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq. These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said in a statement.

"Where is the legal basis for this?" he said.

But she was accused of "riding the coat-tails of an erratic U.S. president" by the Liberal Democrats, and "taking instructions" from Washington by Labour.

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