Jeremy Corbyn: UK of 'waiting for instructions' from Trump on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn: UK of 'waiting for instructions' from Trump on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn: UK of 'waiting for instructions' from Trump on Syria

He spoke on Sunday to a group of visiting Russian politicians, and his comments were carried by state media.

"The primary objective is to say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons", he said.

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.

Assad told his visitors that the US, Britain and France, which carried out the strikes, had waged a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Russian Federation and Syria.

However, Corbyn, a former chair of the Stop the War Coalition and long-time opponent of western intervention, said: "The legal basis would have to be self-defence, or the authority of the UN Security Council".

"As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia has a veto".

The Labour leader said Prime Minister Theresa May chose to participate in the US-led strikes sometime last week and should have recalled Parliament to have a debate and vote on the issue.

John Woodcock took side with Theresa May and her decision to join France and the United States in targeting the Syrian capabilities of producing and storing chemical weapons.

Ministers should take their proposals, such as they are, to parliament.

"I think what we need in this country is something more robust like a War Powers Act so governments do get held to account by parliament for what they do in our name".

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The request is reportedly based on the recent raid of the home and hotel room of Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen . Wood adjourned the hearing until Monday to give lawyers for Trump an opportunity to weigh in on the issue.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has sent a fact-finding mission team to Syria to start investigations on Saturday, a spokesperson said.

The Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn says the allies' bombing is "legally questionable" and risks further escalating "an already devastating conflict".

"Where is the legal basis for this?" he said.

Russia's deputy prime minister, Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich, hit out at Trump on Friday, saying global relations should not depend on the mood of one person when he wakes up in the morning, referring to the USA president's tweets on potential missile strikes into Syria.

Corbyn challenged the justification and accused May of being chiefly concerned with following the lead of US President Donald Trump. "I hope it's just exaggeration on his part".

The UK government is "waiting for instructions" from Donald Trump about whether to launch a missile strike on Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson said the air strikes were created to deter Bashar al-Assad's regime and others around the world from using chemical weapons.

"I think parliament should have a say in this, and the prime minister could quite easily have done that".

Asked if there were any circumstances in which he would back air strikes in Syria, Mr Corbyn replied: "I can only countenance involvement in Syria if there is a United Nations authority behind it".

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