Back in 2013, the US, UK and France were also ready to strike in Syria. Due to then President Obama’s backing out, the eventual strike didn’t happen, but the ultimate shaming came for former UK Prime Minister David Cameron who, two days before the strike was supposed to happen, asked the British Parliament for permission and didn’t get it, leaving him to shamefully drop out and let then French President Hollande and former US President Obama continue alone.
The current UK Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May, didn’t want to risk this and went ahead with the strikes on Syria over the weekend without the UK Parliament’s backing.
For this reason, she faced a rebellion by MP’s on Monday which she had to fend off furiously (by British standards).
"Seventy-five people, including young children, were killed in a horrific chemical attack," said the Prime Minister, whilst stating that the attack by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad was "a stain on our humanity."
"It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria - and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used. So we have not done this because President Trump asked us to do so."
However, opposition leader Mr Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party, who is currently riding high in popularity polls and looks on course to possibly become the new Prime Minister, said that Ms May was "accountable to this parliament, not the whims of the US president."
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May that she is "accountable to this parliament, not the whims of the US president" and is met with an eyeroll from the PM<a href="https://t.co/8SmopYJyUQ">https://t.co/8SmopYJyUQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/hufXjKkPKx">pic.twitter.com/hufXjKkPKx</a></p>— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNews/status/985907999599456262?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"We clearly need a war powers act in this country to transform a now broken convention into a legal obligation."
Liberal Democrat leader Mr Vincent Cable meanwhile claimed that Ms May "made a grave mistake not bringing the case for military action to parliament," and, repeating earlier words by Mr Corbyn, accused her of "riding on the coat-tails of an unpredictable US president"