Netizen 24 GBR: May to chair emergency cabinet meeting on Syria 'chemical attack'

By On April 11, 2018

May to chair emergency cabinet meeting on Syria 'chemical attack'

Home › News › UK

May to chair emergency cabinet meeting on Syria ‘chemical attack’

MPs demand Commons vote on any UK involvement in military action against the Assad regime.


Theresa May is to chair an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss the latest crisis in Syria amid signs she is preparing to join US-led air strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

The Prime Minister summoned ministers to No 10 after saying “all the indications” were that the regime was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on its own people last weekend.

The Ministry of Defence refused to comment on a report in The Daily Telegraph that Royal Navy submarines had been ordered into range to launch Tomahawk cruise missile strikes as early as Thursday night.

“We don’t comment on submarine movements,” a spokesman said.

Separately, Downing Street would not be drawn on claims Mrs May was preparing to authorise UK forces to strike against Assad with first seeking vote in Parliament.

All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible ... The continued use of chemical weapons cannot go unchallenged Theresa May

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined other opposition parties â€" as well as some Conservative backbenchers â€" in insisting MPs must be have a say.

However Mrs May faces growing impatience from Washington, where President Donald Trump tweeted the missiles “will be coming”.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later insisted no final decisio ns had been taken and that “all options are on the table”.

She made clear however that Mr Trump held Assad and his principal backer, Russia, responsible for what happened in the rebel-held town of Douma.

“The president holds Syria and Russia responsible for this chemical weapons attack,” she said.

The threat of a sparking a wider conflict between the West and Russia led Mr Corbyn to demand Parliament should give its consent before UK forces joined US-led strike.

“Parliament should always be given a say on any military action,” he told the BBC.

“What we don’t want is bombardment which leads to escalation and leads to a hot war between Russia and America over the skies of Syria.”

His call for Parliament to be given a say on military action was echoed by both the SNP and the Liberal Democrats.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said that while the use of chemical weapons was a “clear red line” the Government needed to present its evidence of regime responsibility to Parliament.

“There must be a debate and vote in the House of Commons ahead of any military action,” he said.

Speaking during a visit to Birmingham on Wednesday, Mrs May sidestepped questions as to whether she was prepared to give MPs a vote.

She said that she would continue to work with Britain’s “closest allies” â€" the US and France â€" to ensure that those responsible for the “barbaric” attack were held to account.

“We have been working to get an understanding of what happened on the ground. We are rapidly reaching that understanding,” she said.

“All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible and we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account.

“The continued use of chemical weapons cannot go unchallenged.”

Her comments came as both Washington and Moscow ratcheted up the growing war of words between the two sides.

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkinhad, warned they would shoot down US rockets and “even the sources that launched the missiles” â€" suggesting they could hit American aircraft or warships.

That prompted Mr Trump to tweet: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria.

“Get ready, Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart’. You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group.

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

It came almost exactly a year after a chemical attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people.

That assault prompted the US to launch several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base.

Wimbledon 2017 â€

Trial due in legal battle between Sir Cliff Richard and BBC

A High Court judge is preparing to analyse evidence in a legal battle between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC.

Catalan independence referendum

Clara Ponsati due in court for next stage of extradition battle

A former Catalan minister is due to return to court as her battle against extradition to Spain continues.

Lindsay Hoyle

Inquest held into death of Commons Deputy Speaker’s daughter

An inquest into the death of the daughter of Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle will be heard today.

Cyril Smith, former MP for Rochdale

Rochdale abuse inquiry to release findings

A report into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation at a boys’ hostel and a residential school in Rochdale linked to the late politician Cyril Smith is to be published.

Daily News Headlines Newsletter


Mike Nesbitt said he was repeating the views of friends

Unionist majority will not be around for very much longer - Mike Nesbitt... Northern Ireland

Michael Brennan was caught on CCTV

Man who pooed on police station counter caught in Northern Ireland wearing stolen... Northern Ireland

Blane McIlroy, Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding and Rory Harrison.

Rugby rape trial reporting restrictions lifted - 'This is the end' says judge Northern Ireland

The funeral of Kerrie Canning takes place at St Patrick’s Church in Claudy yesterday

Northern Ireland schoolgirl Kerrie Canning laid to rest - plea for young not to... Northern Ireland

The Lansdowne Hotel on the Antrim road, Belfast is to undergo renovation its operator says. Pic: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Well-known Belfast hotel 'not closing for business' - Facebook post sparks... Northern Ireland
Proposals being considered include a six month mandatory learning period for car drivers

NI 'R' drivers may be allowed one passenger

UUP leader David Trimble and SDLP chief John Hume with U2 frontman Bono at a 1998 concert in Belfast to promote Good Friday Agreement

Poll: Was GFA a success or failure?

Nightlife Galleries


People out at Limelight for Circus. Tuesday 10th April 2018. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX ©

Nightlife: Circus at the Limelight, Belfast - Tuesday, April 10 2018 [photos]


People out on Easter Monday at QUB Speakeasy for Meltdown. 2nd April 2018 Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX ©

Nightlife: Easter Monday at QUB Speakeasy for Meltdown, Belfast - April 2 2018 [photos]

From Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland

Michael Brennan was caught on CCTV

Man who pooed on police station counter caught in Northern Ireland wearing stolen hat

House and Home

No 10 - Robinsview, 94a Monlough Road, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, BT24 7HN - Price £1,350,000

Revealed: 10 most expens ive houses for sale in Northern Ireland - Spring 2018


Ulster Rugby podcast: What next for Jackson and Olding?

Sunday Life

Delbert Watson, the UVF man convicted of the Kielty murder.

Exclusive: Face of ex-soldier who murdered Patrick Kielty's dad

Northern Ireland

Paddy Jackson

Fans pay for ad b acking Jackson and Olding

Northern Ireland

'New Ulster Premier League champions Kilkeel have turned down the chance to win a place in next season's all-Ireland EY Irish Hockey League' (stock photo)

Sunday rule to see NI hockey club miss out on promotion

Northern Ireland

Mike Nesbitt said he was repeating the views of friends

Unionist majority will not be around for very much longer - Nesbitt clarifies comments

Northern Ireland

Stuart Carson helping to carry the coffin

Hold your babies close, says dad of little Carson Carter

Northern Ireland

Tragedy: Anne McCann

Tyrone mum Anne McCann crushed by her car

Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou Mc   Donald and Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Fein chief McDonald wants new Ireland 'unionists can live in'

Northern Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster

Foster 'might leave' if there is united Ireland

Northern Ireland

Pacemaker Press Belfast 01-04-2018: Republican marchers takes part in a parade in west Belfast on Sunday, organised by National Graves Association Belfast. The parade made its way along the Falls Road to the Milltown Cemetery where the Northern leader Michelle O' Neill a   ddressed the crowd. Thousands of republicans attend Easter parades across the north this weekend to mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Picture By: Arthur Allison: Pacemaker.

Poll: Do you want Irish unity referendum? How would you vote?

League Tables

E xclusive Revealed: School league tables - GCSE and A-Level


Half of P7 pupils in Northern Ireland sit tests each year

Exclusive Revealed: School transfer test grade intake


UDA on the streets of Londonderry. 30/09/72

Northern Ireland Troubles gallery - conflict and bloodshed


Opinion: Topical and political cartoons from Belfast Telegraph

Source: Google News

« Prev Post
Next Post »