UNITED KINGDOM (OBSERVATORY) – The UK is said to be ready to join a military intervention in Syria mounted in retaliation for alleged chemical attack in Duma, according to some media reports. In case of intervention, Theresa May would give the green light without having sought the approval of Parliament.
London could take part in the military operation in Syria in response to the alleged April 7 chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Duma , the British television channel BBC said on Wednesday.
” Theresa May would be ready to join the hostilities against President Bashar al-Assad without the preliminary agreement of Parliament,” the BBC said citing its own sources.
According to the channel, Ms. May believes that action must be taken immediately. In addition, the Prime Minister does not want to delay Donald Trump’s decision on the military intervention in Syria and seeks to avoid any delays brought about by the consideration of the issue in Parliament.
According to The Times newspaper, the British Prime Minister reportedly told Donald Trump that the United Kingdom needed more evidence of an alleged chemical attack in Syria before joining any military action against the country.
The US President had promised Monday to decide in 24 or 48 hours what action the United States would take in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Foreign Office announced Tuesday that Theresa May, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron had agreed that the international community must respond to the alleged chemical attack on the Duma.
In August 2013, British parliamentarians voted against London’s participation in the airstrikes against Syria, but the vote in parliament is not mandatory when it comes to such cases. The decision whether or not to participate in military operations is the responsibility of the British Prime Minister.