Boris Johnson on US, UK, French Missiles Attack on Syria

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference in 10 Downing Street London

"It was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", May said. "The [Syrian] opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

The European Union Commission's president says those who rely on chemical warfare must be held to account by the world. May said she would address parliament on Monday about the strikes.

Soon afterwards, however, he suggested it was time to "stop the arms race" and said there was no reason for the low in relations between Russian Federation and the US. More than two fifths oppose action, with the remainder undecided. However, that has been less the case in recent years.

His move has raised the expectation that Prime Ministers should go to Parliament first by committing British forces to action overseas.

In 2013, Parliament defeated a call by then-Prime Minister David Cameron for air strikes in response to an earlier chemical attack in Syria.

Mr Trump provided a fresh twist on the escalating global crisis yesterday, issuing a fresh tweet saying: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Germany's chancellor says the allied strikes in Syria were - in her words - a "necessary and appropriate" response to what the USA and its allies say was a recent chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. It is understood that she was presented with additional intelligence at a meeting of national security advisers yesterday. May isn't legally required to do that, though it has become conventional since the 2003 invasion of Iraq for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote before British forces are deployed. The strikes at 0100 GMT were 15 miles (24 kilometres) west of Homs.

"This was not about interfering in a civil war, and it was not about regime change", May said on Saturday.

On Friday campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition will hand in a letter signed by MPs, trade unionists, celebrities and academics to Downing Street urging Mrs May to not take military action in Syria.

"There must be urgent confirmation from the prime minister that there will be no further action. without a full parliamentary debate".

"We elect Parliament, we elect members of Parliament. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

The result is that Mrs May would be left in the tricky position of not needing parliamentary support constitutionally, but relying on it politically.

Former soldier Johnny Mercer, who sits on the Commons Defence Select Committee, said Britain played a calming role as he criticised the "unhelpful rhetoric" tweeted by the United States president.

Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative chairman of parliament's foreign affairs scrutiny committee and a former army officer, said May had "taken the correct decision".

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