British parliament set to debate Syria response

Arab World Materials 29 August 2013 14:27 (UTC +04:00)

The British parliament was Thursday to debate a response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, but the government was forced to delay a vote on military intervention until UN weapons inspectors have completed their work, dpa reported.

Prime Minister David Cameron had pushed for a speedy vote on the intervention but was forced to back down after the opposition Labour party and sceptical members of his own Conservative party said they needed to see the evidence from weapons inspectors.

Parliament will vote on a motion backing military action in principle, but noting that "every effort" must be made to secure UN Security Council backing. A second vote would be needed to authorize British involvement.

Downing Street has also confirmed it will publish legal advice on a military intervention.