British Prime Minister David Cameron said it was "clear" that neither the British public nor parliament wanted military intervention in Syria, after a government motion in favour was defeated, dpa reported.
"It is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action," he told lawmakers. "I get that, and the government will act accordingly."
The motion had favoured military action if it was supported by evidence from UN weapons inspectors.
Cameron confirmed he would not use the Royal prerogative to go against parliament's wishes, after he was asked by Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband: "I can give that assurance," he said. "I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons. But I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons."
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