Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Opposition leader slams United Kingdom premier over Syria strikes

Opposition leader slams United Kingdom premier over Syria strikes

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", he said, adding that Britain should be leading the response and "not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way".

The Labour leader also called on Britain to push for an independent United Nations -led investigation to hold those responsible to account, saying: "Rather than further military action, what is urgently needed is a coordinated global drive to achieve a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement under United Nations auspices".

British opposition leader said on Saturday that Prime Minister should have sought approval from parliament before ordering cruise missile strikes against Syria.

"Britain should press for an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

He told broadcasters the use of chemical weapons was "appalling and disgusting".

"I believe the action was legally questionable and this morning the UN Secretary General has said as much, reiterating that all countries must act in line with the UN Charter. We must do everything we can, no matter how challenging, to bring that about".

However, he said this would anger some, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who believes parliament should be consulted first.

The legal argument will form the centrepiece of Mr Corbyn's attack on the Government's handling of the issue when MPs return on Monday after the Easter recess.

The small Northern Irish political party that props up her government said May was justified in taking such action.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said the failure to do this "fatally undermines the integrity of this mission".

That view was echoed by Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, who insisted that Ms May should have sought the approval of MPs before following the U.S. into Syria.

The leader of Britain's largest opposition party is suggesting Theresa May, the prime minister, could face a backlash in parliament for her decision to join the United States and France in launching strikes against Syria.

She added: "This action risks not just further escalating the civil war in Syria but also a risky escalation of worldwide tensions".

The Syrian government denies that the alleged chemical attack took place and condemned the missile strikes as a "violation of worldwide law".

"Syria's use of chemical weapons is sickening - but the question that the PM has not answered is how this action, taken without parliamentary approval, will halt their use or bring long term peace", she wrote on Twitter.

"But I believe it should also be a message to others that the global community is not going to stand by and allow chemical weapons to be used with impunity".

"I think it is right that the worldwide community has come together and said we will not accept this", the prime minister added.

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