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Theresa May faces backlash at home

14 April, 2018 3:20 PM
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British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash from the domestic opposition after launching military strikes Saturday on Syria without consulting parliament.

As the Conservative leader explained her rationale for the airstrikes, Opposition parties claimed the attacks were legally dubious, risked escalating conflict and should have been approved by lawmakers.

“Bombs won’t save lives or bring about peace,” said Jeremy Corbyn, the veteran leftist leader of the main Opposition Labour Party. “This legally questionable action risks escalating further... an already devastating conflict. Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump.”

Stop the War, a pacifist coalition once chaired by Mr. Corbyn, has called a demonstration outside the British Parliament on Monday to protest the strikes.

The group said it “strongly condemned” the action and accused Ms. May of “sanctioning killing” at U.S. President Donald Trump’s behest.

In 2013, British MPs had voted down taking military action against Damascus.


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