UK's May rejects criticism over Syria airstrike decision

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May hosts a meeting with leaders and representatives of Caribbean countries, inside 10 Downing Street in central London, Tuesday April 17, 2017, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM). May met with Caribbean leaders and envoys Tuesday, and told them "we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused" personally apologizing for the treatment of long-term U.K. residents from the Caribbean who have been asked to prove their right to stay in the country. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/pool via AP)

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected opposition calls for a law requiring Parliament's approval to commit U.K. forces to military action.

Britain, along with the United States and France, launched airstrikes on Saturday against targets in Syria over a reported chemical weapons attack.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused May of showing a "flagrant disregard" for Parliament by not seeking lawmakers' approval first.

But May said Corbyn's demand for a War Powers Act to prevent the government from acting alone "would seriously compromise our national security, our national interests, and the lives of British citizens at home and abroad" by making rapid, small-scale strikes like those taken in Syria impossible.

Corbyn secured an emergency debate on the Syria strikes Tuesday, but it didn't include a significant vote on the issue.


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