'Theresa May has faced MPs to defend her decision to launch air strikes against the Syrian government, but ducked calls to give parliament a retrospective vote on the matter.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the prime minister dismissed suggestions the government had followed the “whims” of Donald Trump and insisted she had taken the decision to launch strikes because it was in the UK’s national interest.
But she faced criticism from MPs, including some on her own benches, for not seeking a vote of parliament before launching the strikes.
Instead, the Commons is likely to vote on the issue on Tuesday after Jeremy Corbyn was granted permission for a debate on intervention in Syria.
MPs also discussed the matter during another debate, called by Labour backbencher Alison McGovern, on Monday night.
There had earlier been suggestions the government could give MPs a retrospective vote on military action, but ministers refused to do so.
During a Commons statement and more than three hours answering questions from MPs, Ms May defended her decision to order the RAF to join the US and France in launching strikes designed to cripple Bashar al-Assad’s regime’s chemical weapons capabilities.'
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