Monday, 16 April 2018 05:28


Ian Blackford MP has pressed Theresa May on why she failed to seek parliamentary approval for military intervention in Syria, and what it means for her position if there are further chemical attacks.

The SNP Westminster Leader responded to the Prime Minister’s statement by asking whether she will continue to authorise military action without consulting the House of Commons.

In February the Prime Minister told Mr Blackford during Prime Minister’s Questions that she was committed to “finding a political solution for Syria.” Yet the UK did not support Sweden’s draft UN resolution, calling for an international investigation into chemical stockpiles reportedly held by the Syrian regime.

Ian Blackford MP also asked the Prime Minister to re-visit the issue of refugees, particularly child refugees, fleeing Syria.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“Once again we are being dragged into military action with little regard for the humanitarian situation on the ground and no long-term strategic plan. 

“When the Prime Minister called a cabinet meeting last week, she should have recalled Parliament - she leads a minority Government and does not have the mandate.  

“It seems nothing has been learned from the Chilcot Review.

“The human suffering in Syria knows no bounds. Hundreds of thousands dead, millions fleeing for their lives and 400 000 civilians still trapped in appalling conditions, deprived of food, medicine and basic aid. 

“The Prime Minister has failed to provide reason why action was taken before international weapons inspectors completed their investigation.

"Was the Prime Minister as surprised and concerned as I am at the US President’s language that the situation in Syria was “mission accomplished”? She is choosing to side with Donald Trump rather than the UN Secretary General who has said military intervention is not the answer." 

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