Anti-war protesters gathered outside Parliament ahead of the debate
The British Government has been defeated in a vote on intervention in Syria. Members of Parliament have voted against the UK launching a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. The government motion was defeated 285 to 272 ruling out UK involvement in a US strike against Syria.
It’s also a blow for Cameron who had indicated he supported such action.
Cameron had spoken to members of parliament putting forward his case for taking action against Syria. When questioned, he admitted that he was not 100% certain that Bashar al-Assad and his government were responsible for the chemical attack on August 21st.
After calling MP’s back from their summer recess he said that:
- MP’s needed to make a judgement call ahead of a Commons vote
- The UK could launch strikes without UN backing
- Such strike would be legal under international law
- Action would be viewed as a ‘humanitarian intervention’
- He is not certain about who is responsible
Speaking this afternoon at the Houses of Parliament, home of the UK government, in Westminster he said:
“It’s not about taking sides in the conflict, it’s not about invading, it’s not about regime change or indeed working more closely with the opposition…it’s about the large-scale use of chemical weapons and our response to a war crime – nothing else.” He followed by saying he was “deeply mindful” of past conflicts, in particular “what went wrong with the Iraq conflict…but this is not Iraq, what we are seeing in Syria is fundamentally different”
It was also confirmed that Typhoon jets have been dispatched to the UK airbase at Akrotiri in Cyprus as a precautionary measure to ‘protect’ the base.
- Four US destroyers – USS Gravely, USS Ramage, USS Barry and USS Mahan are in the eastern Mediterranean, equipped with cruise missiles
- Cruise missiles could also be launched from submarines, including a British Trafalgar class boat; HMS Tireless was reportedly sighted in Gibraltar at the weekend
- Airbases at Incirlik and Izmir in Turkey, and in Jordan, could be used to carry out strikes
- Two aircraft carriers – USS Nimitz and USS Harry S Truman, along with escort ships, are in the wider region
- The Royal Navy’s response force task group – which includes helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and frigates HMS Montrose and HMS Westminster – is in the region on a scheduled deployment
- RAF Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus could also be used
- French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is currently in Toulon in the western Mediterranean
- French Raffale and Mirage aircraft can also operate from Al-Dhahra airbase in the UAE
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