Jeremey Corbyn Calls for 'Withdrawal of All Foreign Forces' From Syria

Councilor Richard Farnell

As Theresa May weighs up whether to call a vote in the Commons on Britain's strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, the Labour leader insisted that the bombing raids launched early yesterday morning were illegal.

Mr Corbyn said: "I think Parliament should have a say in this and I think the Prime Minister could have quite easily done that".

Asked whether he would back military action if the OPCW found the Assad regime was responsible for the Douma chemical weapons attack, he said: "I would then say, confront Assad with that evidence; confront any other group that may be fingered because of that - and then say they must come in and destroy those weapons, as they did in 2013 and 2015".

One of the Labour's own MPs, the longstanding Corbyn critic John Woodcock, said the comments were: "Deeply troubling".

"This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as United States defence secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely".

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".

Labour say that the scheme would cost £1.4Bn per year, and that the party plan to pay for it by using money ring-fenced from Vehicle Excise Duty.

The Prime Minister said she judged the operation to be in Britain's national interest, adding that there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

An alleged gas attack last weekend in the town of Douma killed more than 40 people, according to opposition activists and rescuers.

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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 global lawyers don't accept the contention.

Johnson criticised Corbyn for saying he did not believe there was "incontrovertible evidence" that the Russian state was involved in the Salisbury poisoning, despite being privy to government intelligence about the case.

She also warned Russian Federation that the air strikes should act as a warning over its use of chemical weapons.

"The overwhelming objective of this mission was to send a message", the foreign secretary said.

Corbyn said the strikes will make assigning blame for the use of chemical weapons in Syria "less, not more, likely".

"The government must present the objectives of any proposed action to Parliament".

Mr Corbyn said: "President Trump has a way with words, that's for sure".

Gabbay said Corbyn had shown "very public hatred" towards Israeli government policies including those where the opposition and the ruling coalition are aligned.

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