Jeremy Corbyn: UK of 'waiting for instructions' from Trump on Syria


The prime minister, who spoke to Trump about the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria in a phone call Thursday, is facing pressure from all sides to seek the backing of parliament.

Ministers said it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack.

Her office said that she had talked with Mr Trump by telephone on Thursday evening to discuss Syria. Labour MP John Woodcock praised Mrs May, saying: 'It was right that the United Kingdom joined our allies in action to degrade Assad's chemical weapon capability in Syria - we must act together to remove the threat of these terrible weapons'.

On Wednesday May accused Syrian authorities of carrying out the alleged chemical attack, and said she was working with allies on how to hold those responsible to account. Asked whether Labour did not believe in military action in any circumstances, she replied: "No. But the US administration is giving alarmingly contradictory signals", he said, calling for the government to press for an independent UN-led investigation of the chemical weapons attack in Syria.

"The Cabinet agreed that it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged..."

"The government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump on how to proceed", the Labour Party leader said in a statement.

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the global response", the statement concluded.

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way", Corbyn continued.

Assad's government has denied it used chemical weapons on its own people, saying reports were "fabricated", BBC reported.

However, the USA defence secretary, James Mattis, said Washington was still looking for evidence on who carried out the attack, adding that his main concern about a military response was how to stop it escalating out of control.

Senior figures from Russia have warned of a Russian response to a U.S. attack.

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson said: "Why didn't the government tell us what the evidence was that bombing would make life better for Syrians or protect the United Kingdom and why didn't they discuss it in Parliament first?"

May released a statement confirming the strikes, which were carried out at 2am GMT on Saturday, just minutes after US President Donald Trump announced the air raid from the White House.

Conservative MP and former soldier Johnny Mercer said Mrs May had a "duty" to speak to advocate any action and "bring the country with her".

"The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding".



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