By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Friday 28th April 2017
The Conservative Foreign Secretary was also told off by Stop The War after declaring it would be “very difficult to say no” if US President Donald Trump calls for a war coalition, citing unproven claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad smothered a rebelheld area in Idlib province with sarin gas.
But Mr Corbyn warned military action should not be taken while inspectors are investigating the chemical weapons allegation.
He added: “Inspectors there are already destroying any stocks of chemical weapons that they find.
“The issue has to be finding a political solution so that the millions who have been forced to flee from Syria are able to return home and the people of Syria are able to look forward to a future.”
Mr Johnson would “love to say yes” to a British-US coalition, Stop the War co-convener Lindsey German said, as it would help the Tories “deflect from their rotten domestic policies” by going to war while painting Mr Corbyn as a “security threat.”
“Everything we know about the military interventions of the past 16 years is that they have solved nothing while creating further terrorism. No wonder Mr Johnson doesn’t want to debate this in Parliament.
“Even some of the MPs who have repeatedly backed war might be able to see that.”
Britain is currently carrying out air strikes in Syria and Iraq against Islamic State (Isis) after MPs voted for it in December 2015. But strikes against the Assad regime were rejected in a 2013 vote.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who voted to bomb Syria in 2015, said such decisions should go to a vote.
There is no legal requirement on the government to seek parliamentary approval, but it has become convention to consult MPs unless there’s an emergency, according to the Commons library.
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