United Kingdom backs U.S. military action on Syria

British PM says will speak with Donald Trump regarding Syria chemical attack

The ministers said there was a need to "deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said.

Following a suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria believed to have been carried out by the Assad government, Trump reacted angrily - warning Russian Federation to "get ready" because a missile strike is coming.

Britain's government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the "need to take action" despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.

Britain would work with the USA and France to coordinate an global response, it added.

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible", May said.

Dozens of people in Douma died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organization.

Following an emergency meeting lasting more than two hours on Thursday, Theresa May's top ministers agreed Britain should continue to work with the U.S. and France on a coordinated response.

Cabinet agreed that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and it is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday's attack.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest airstrikes were imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "get ready" for military action.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also today all but ruled out backing United Kingdom military action against Syria, saying that "more bombing, more killing, more war will not save life" in Syria.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn raised the spectre of the Iraq war as he insisted MPs should have their say.

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"Surely the lessons of Iraq, the lessons that came there from the Chilcott Report, are that there's got to be, there has to be, a proper process of consultation".

'We elect members of Parliament - they should have a voice in this.

The US President affirmed on Monday that he would be making "some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours".

"The dangers of bombing now, which could escalate the conflict beyond belief - just imagine the scenario if an American missile shoots down a Russian plane or vice versa". Where do we go from there?'

"I would be happy for Parliament to be recalled but the PM does have the option to go ahead without this", Dr Sarah Wollaston told HuffPost.

"The position is a very risky one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States".

Earlier, Brexit secretary David Davis said he expected the cabinet to be provided with evidence showing that the Syrian regime was behind the attack, and also that the prime minister would set out a properly "thought-through" plan.

May called an emergency meeting of her cabinet for Thursday afternoon to discuss Syria, and The Telegraph newspaper reported that the prime minister has already ordered British submarines to move within missile range of the country.

"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act", May told reporters in the central English city of Birmingham.

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Assad's government had been asked to make necessary arrangements for an OPCW investigation team to visit shortly.

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