PM FAILURE TO RECALL PARLIAMENT LAID BARE BY U-TURN

Sustained SNP pressure has forced the UK government to bring forward a debate on the escalation of UK involvement in Syria.

The SNP called for a full debate and early recall of Parliament as early as last Wednesday – yet the Tories went ahead with escalating the UK military action in Syria before parliament had a chance to make its voice heard.

Following the SNP lodging an SO24 application for an emergency debate the Prime Minister has performed an extraordinary U-turn and also submitted one for the government. The U-turn shows just how disorganised and ill-thought out this military action was – and how Parliament should have been recalled last week ahead of any escalation of military action in Syria.

A full debate on the issue will give MPs the chance to raise concerns on various issues – including the anti-democratic approach of the UK government, and their what seems like a thin legal case for justifying intervention given they have failed to explain how more airstrikes will alleviate humanitarian suffering.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said:

“It is welcome that the Prime Minister has finally caved in to our calls for a full parliamentary debate on the escalation of military action in Syria

“But a debate and vote should have happened last week before any change to the role of UK forces in Syria – indeed, we have been calling for parliament to be recalled since last Wednesday.

“This extraordinary U-turn is an admission that the Prime Minister made an error in failing to recall parliament and is yet more evidence of how ill-considered this military action is – and just how far Theresa May’s actions have been dictated by Presidential tweet. 

“A clear precedent was set in 2015 ahead of the targeted strikes against Daesh – yet the Prime Minister decided to ignore this before launching airstrikes. Theresa May needs to realise that she leads a minority government and that Parliament must have a voice in matters of such importance before actions like that are taken.

“This debate is an opportunity to ensure that there is no future change in the role of British military in Syria without parliament’s approval.

“Should the Speaker grant a full debate on Monday, then we will be firm in raising our concerns about the UK government’s anti-democratic approach thus far, as well as questioning their thin legal case for justifying airstrikes.

“I look forward to this debate which follows sustained SNP pressure – and hearing just how the UK government can justify its dangerous intervention, and how launching missiles can alleviate the devastating human suffering happening in Syria.”

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