British PM recall ministers for emergency meeting, weighs Syria action

Mae Love
April 14, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation Thursday to discuss military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for a special cabinet meeting in Downing Street later on Thursday to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

Citing unnamed sources, the BBC reported May is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking parliamentary consent.

The US, France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike within days, and US President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming".

Britain's government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the "need to take action" despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.

She continued: "The use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

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Senior government ministers were summoned back from a spring break to discuss the attack last week in Douma, which has sparked a tense confrontation between Western nations and Syria and its allies, led by Russian Federation.

May had avoided apportioning blame for the alleged attack in the rebel-held city of Douma on Saturday, but on Wednesday said: "All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible".

The mission was only allowed after approval by MPs - they backed military action in Iraq in September 2014, and in Syria a year later, strictly limiting strikes to IS targets. May isn't legally required to do that, though it is conventional for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote.

YouGov adds: "Across all parties voters are more likely to oppose than support missile strikes, although Conservative voters are the most evenly split with 34 per cent in opposition and 33 per cent in support".

"What we've got here in Syria is a choice between monsters on the one hand and maniacs on the other", Julian Lewis, the chairman of the House of Commons defence committee, told the BBC.

Thousands of pro-European campaigners will take part in demonstrations across the country this weekend in what has been dubbed the groups' largest ever joint grassroots national day of action.

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