Syria air strikes: 'Where is the legal basis?' asks Corbyn

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The Labour leader criticised Theresa May for failing to recall Parliament before giving the go-ahead for British bombers to join the US-led air strikes on Syria.

The Labour leader told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show he believed Parliament should have been given a vote on military intervention and that the prime minister had been too keen to "follow Donald Trump's lead".

Corbyn said Parliament should have been given a vote on the strikes, and called for a "War Powers Act" to set out the process by which the government can launch military action.

Also appearing on the program, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he hoped Saturday's airstrike could push actors in the Syrian civil war towards the negotiating table and "alleviate further humanitarian suffering".

Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said the UK should press for an independent UN-led investigation into the chemical attack in Syria rather than following the lead of the United States.

"This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as United States defence secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely".

Shadow foreign secretary Diane Abbott also warned military action could end up with the RAF inadvertently "serving as the air arm" of Jihadi extremist rebels.

"I have urged the Prime Minister to do all she can to avoid civilian casualties given the complicated picture on the ground in Syria, and she has given me assurances in that regard".

An alleged gas attack last weekend in the town of Douma killed more than 40 people, according to opposition activists and rescuers.

But British involvement in further military intervention is controversial at home, in a country still haunted by its role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants "incontrovertible proof" before blaming Russian Federation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

It said they all agreed with her on "the importance of restoring the global norm that the use of chemical weapons is never acceptable".

But the Prime Minister said she had authorised the operation "because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest".

He said he could back action if May had a coherent plan and were working with global partners.

The group said it "strongly condemned" the action and accused May of "sanctioning killing" at US President Donald Trump's behest.

His comments come after the United States, United Kingdom and France fired early Saturday over 100 missiles into Syria according to the Syrian government, Russian Federation and the USA military.

"The government must present the objectives of any proposed action to Parliament". French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday France has "proof" Assad had used chemical weapons and was working closely with the USA on a possible response.

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