LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's parliament has made clear its support for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to launch air strikes against Syria along with the United States and France, his spokesman said on Tuesday.
On Monday, May defended her decision to elude parliament with her decision to join the action in retaliation for an alleged gas attack that she blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"I think the opinion based on the contributions that have been made in the House is that the deputies (Members of Parliament) have taken a position of being in support of the action," the spokesman said.
Shortly thereafter, the government won a symbolic vote in parliament on the broader issue of whether to consult lawmakers before taking military action. .
The vote from 317 to 256 went against a call by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to protest May's decision to launch attacks on Syria without first seeking approval.
(William James Report, written by Elizabeth Piper, Stephen Addison edition)