UNITED KINGDOM (OBSERVATORY) – British Prime Minister Theresa May, responding to statements by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, said that it is impossible to consult with the parliament before every decision on hostilities is made.
On the night of April 14, aircrafts and ships of the US Armed Forces, together with the British and French Air Forces, fired over 100 cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles at military and civil infrastructure facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic, much of which, according to the RF Ministry of Defense, was shot down Syrian air defense means on approach to the targets.
British Prime Minister Teresa May made a decision on the country’s participation in the operation in Syria independently, without consulting with the parliament, taking advantage of the “royal prerogative”, which aroused indignation among many parliamentarians. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the parliament’s right to make decisions regarding military actions should be recorded in the legislation.
“It is my responsibility to make such decisions based on intelligence and all available information,” May said.
“If I came to the parliament before the operation in Syria, then I could not take advantage of the surprise, which would put the additional risk of our servicemen,” the prime minister said. She stressed that she would have to disclose in the parliament details of the operation being prepared, types of military equipment.
At the same time, the prime minister stressed that she agrees with the main principle of parliamentary democracy, and therefore “at the first opportunity” she went to parliament and answered all the questions of her colleagues.
She also stressed that while she considers the participation of the parliament in making decisions on large-scale military operations mandatory, in this case it was a question of point bombings with limited tasks.