Jeremy Corbyn responds to Britain attacking Syria: "Bombs won't bring about peace"
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 1:37
The Labour leader criticised Theresa May for failing to recall Parliament before giving the go-ahead for British bombers to join the US-led air strikes on Syria.
He told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "I want to see incontrovertible evidence of it". "What we need in this country is something more robust, like a war powers act, so that governments do get held to account by parliament for what they do in our name", he said.
Boris Johnson today said failure to response to the Syrian regime's use of illegal chemical weapons against his own people would have undermined "civilised values".
Mrs May has said "all the indications" are that the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad, which denies mounting a chemical attack, was responsible for the alleged attack in the formerly rebel-held town of Douma.
However, Corbyn today said he wants to see "incontrovertible evidence" the nerve agent was used by Russian Federation before asserting it, in spite of his colleague John McDonnell last month saying all the evidence points to Russian Federation.
The Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn says the allies' bombing is "legally questionable" and risks further escalating "an already devastating conflict".
A number of MPs, even those who backed United Kingdom involvement, were concerned that the government did not recall MPs from their Easter recess and hold a parliamentary vote before launching the raids.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon described the legal position as "thin", while BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg noted that the United Kingdom is one of the few countries that tries to use humanitarian arguments to justify military action and most worldwide lawyers don't accept the contention.
Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons, the trigger for the strikes early on Saturday.
Ian Austin mocked his leader's suggestion, writing on Twitter: "Does anyone seriously think Putin will say 'thanks for the sample".
He has accused her of allowing the timing of the intervention to be dictated by US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, and has questioned the legality of the raids.
Her decision came despite demands from opposition parties that Parliament was consulted before any military action was launched.
He said it was "deeply alarming" to see the return of chemical weapons to the battlefield in Syria and the airstrikes was the "right thing to do" in "settling the determination to ensure these weapons cannot be used".
MPs are due to return to Westminster from the Easter recess on Monday - and a row is continuing between some MPs over whether a vote should take place in Parliament before any action is taken.
The small Northern Irish political party that props up her government said May was justified in taking such action.