Jeremy Corbyn accuses Theresa May of overturning democracy by bombing Syria without Parliament’s permission


JEREMY CORBYN today accused Theresa May of trying to “overturn” democracy by launching bombing raids on Syria without asking Parliament first.

The Labour boss blasted the PM as he called for a new law which would ban the Government from taking military action before getting the permission of MPs.

 Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons today
Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons today

Mr Corbyn told the Commons: “The precedent of consulting Parliament when it comes to war-making was established in 2003 and it’s that principle which I believe should now be enshrined in law.

“The Government is now attempting to overturn that democratic advance.”

The Labour leader is leading an emergency debate in the Commons seeking to bind the hands of Mrs May and future Prime Ministers.

The attempt comes after Mrs May joined US-led bombing raids on Syria without seeking the permission of Parliament.

 Theresa May defended her decision to launch strikes on Syria

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Theresa May defended her decision to launch strikes on Syria

She has been heavily criticised by MPs across the political spectrum – including by many who supported her decision to launch strikes on the Assad regime.

Commons Speaker John Bercow granted Mr Corbyn a debate on the right of Parliament to veto the use of British military force overseas.

The Labour leader recently called for a “war powers act” which would remove the constitutional right of the PM to take military action whenever she wants.

Mr Corbyn says the only situation where the Government should be able to use force without a vote by MPs is urgent self-defence.

After today’s debate, there will be a symbolic vote on the motion, “That this House has considered Parliament’s rights in relation to the approval of military action by British Forces overseas”.

​PM Theresa May explains why UK took military action against Assad regime in Syria in Commons statement

The Government is expected to fight against the vote because Mrs May is worried about setting a precedent.

Last night the Tories fought off a separate attempt to embarrass them with another symbolic vote on the Syria military action.

Mr Corbyn has clashed with his own MPs as Labour moderates lined up to praise the PM for taking action against Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

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