Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Syrian Action without Russia Support - Labour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Syrian Action without Russia Support - Labour

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LABOUR would refuse to back any action in Syria unless it had the backing of Russia, Jeremy Corbyn has said as he called for laws to stop the Government acting without the backing of MPs.

Theresa May will go before the Commons today to explain why she ordered British cruise missile attacks on Syria as part of a joint operation with the United States and France.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said "finally the world has said enough is enough" as he defended the "proportionate" action.

But Mr Corbyn called for the introduction of a War Powers Act to stop governments launching military action in most circumstances without the backing of MPs.

Russia has repeatedly used its UN veto to block sanctions and investigations during the bloody civil war in Syria.

Asked if there were any circumstances in which he would back air strikes in Syria, Mr Corbyn told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "I can only countenance involvement in Syria if there is a UN authority behind it.

"If we could get to a process in the UN where you get to a ceasefire, you get to a political solution, you then may well get to a situation where there could be a UN force established to enforce that ceasefire." Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said taking military action against Bashar Assad's regime had been the "wrong thing to do".

She told ITV's Peston On Sunday: "We think that it should be in law that there should be a vote in Parliament before we take military action. "Not urgent cases. Clearly not when we are under attack or the Prime Minister has been kidnapped, or anything like that."

But David Lidington, the Prime Minister's deputy, said there were "no plans" for legislation.

The Cabinet minister said he was "not going to rule anything in or rule anything out" about whether the Government would give MPs a vote if fresh action was taken in Syria. …

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