UK Parliament votes against military action in Syria.

Friday, 30 Aug 2013, 09:28


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British Prime Minister David Cameron has been forced to rule out military action against Syria after a shock Commons defeat dealt a major blow to his authority.

A Government motion calling for a strong humanitarian response which may have included military strikes was rejected by 272 votes to 285 late on Thursday night..

David Cameron's decision to return early from holiday and recall parliament resulted in a spectular failure for his government.

Thirty Tory rebels and nine Liberal Democrats joined with Labour to inflict a humiliating defeat on the Prime Minister.
After the historic vote, Mr Cameron said. "It is clear to me the British Parliament does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly."

Responding to the vote, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: "The US will continue to consult with the UK Government - one of our closest allies and friends.
"As we've said, President Obama's decision making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the US.


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