'Bombs won't save lives' in Syria, opposition leader Corbyn tells May


Speaking on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, the Labour leader repeated his assertion that the bombing raids launched by the United Kingdom early on Saturday morning, in cooperation with the USA and France, may have been illegal.

The Labour leader told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show he believed Parliament should have been given a vote on military intervention and that the prime minister had been too keen to "follow Donald Trump's lead". "What we need in this country is something more robust, like a war powers act, so that governments do get held to account by parliament for what they do in our name", he said.

In his interview with Sky News, Corbyn pointed to the 2013 investigation into the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta and the agreement reached between the then USA secretary of state, John Kerry, and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to allow the destruction of large quantities of chemical weapons in Syria.

The US, UK and France hailed their missile strikes in the early hours of yesterday morning as having successfully degraded the capability of Assad to deploy chemical weapons.

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed Theresa May's decision to launch air strikes in Syria is "policy made up by Twitter". "This legally questionable action risks escalating further", Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said. Russia, which backs Assad's regime, described reports as a "provocation" orchestrated to justify Western military intervention in Syria and has called for the U.N. Security Council to meet Friday to discuss potential military action from Western allies.

The prime minister's office said she had spoken to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia; Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan; German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of Italy, Australia and Canada about the strikes.

Medical sources say dozens of people were killed, including children, during the alleged toxic bombing of the formerly rebel-held town of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region.

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Sources say the PM is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking parliamentary consent.

"The government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump on how to proceed", Mr Corbyn said in a statement.

The second level of attack is to seek to prevent Syria attempting to use chemical weapons again by destroying the relevant facilities, the means of delivery and imposing a punishment.

Downing Street said there had been ministerial agreement that such actions should not go "unchallenged".

Often when the British government decides on military action, the opposition offers its full support.

But 46% still believed she was better than Mr Corbyn on dealing with an worldwide crisis, with just 26% backing the Labour leader. "It's never pointless calling for that, anything that brings a cessation of the use of chemical weapons moves us nearer, if not totally to, a ceasefire and a reopening of the Geneva talks which has got to be the right way forward", he said.

The comments come after Theresa May won the backing of her Cabinet for military action against Syrian forces.

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