British PM May defends strikes in Syria

British PM May defends strikes in Syria

But the meeting may be overshadowed by May's decision to join USA and French air strikes on Syria on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack, a response Syria and its allies, Russian Federation and Iran, say violates global law and has been criticized by opposition lawmakers in Britain.

May, who has regained confidence after winning support for her tough stance on Syria and Russian Federation, said she was driven by the need to decide quickly on joining the United States and France in Saturday's strikes, made in retaliation for a suspected gas attack.

The British Government is not legally bound to seek MPs' approval for military strikes, although it is customary to do so.

May told legislators in the House of Commons that seeking their approval would have been impractical, both because Parliament was on a spring break until Monday and because some of the intelligence behind the decision was classified.

"But it is my responsibility as prime minister to make these decisions and I will make them".

But she still has to tread carefully in parliament, where she now relies on a small Northern Irish party to get enough votes to pass legislation, and has tried to appease lawmakers, angry over being sidelined, by offering time to discuss Syria.

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Sikh Council UK, a UK based Sikh group, has wrote an open letter to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place in the United Kingdom this week. "It was perfectly possible for the house to have been recalled in advance, why was this not done?"

He said the government must be "accountable to this parliament and not to the whims of" US President Donald Trump. Pressed over the years-long clampdown on illegal immigration by the Conservative-led government, she also admitted that her department could "sometimes lose sight of the individual".

In Luxembourg, the foreign ministers of the 28 European Union countries called for a political breakthrough involving regional players to put Syria on track to a peaceful solution for its seven-year conflict.

British Royal Air Force jets joined American and French warplanes and ships in hitting targets in Syria early Saturday in response to a reported chemical attack by the Syrian government in the town of Douma.

Opinion polls suggest that most Britons do not support military action, with one by Survation taken after the strikes were launched showing 40 percent of the 2,060 people asked opposed the action.

"We can not in good conscience, talk about the young people of the world, about securing a legacy for our children and grandchildren, without tackling a disease that, worldwide, kills one of them every two minutes", she will say. "If not, she's the one that will take the blame".

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