The leader of Britain‘s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday there was no legal basis for British strikes against Syria and such action would encourage others to behave in the same way.
He said parliament should have been consulted before Prime Minister Theresa May ordered British jets to join coordinated strikes against Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack she said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had carried out in the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago.
“The consequences of any country taking unilateral and action that has no legal basis are that it’s an encouragement for others to do exactly the same and reduces our ability to complain when others do that,” he added said.
Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said he had written to May to ask her to publish in full the legal advice she had received prior to taking action.
I have written to @Theresa_May in response to last night’s legally questionable air strikes on Syria.
Parliament should have been consulted and voted on the matter. The UK Prime Minister is accountable to Parliament, not to the whims of a US President. pic.twitter.com/MWHxmoPbPZ
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 14, 2018