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British Parliament reject military intervention in Syria

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Any possibility of British involvement in a military campaign in Syria has been effectively ruled out after British lawmakers voted down the prospect in parliament, costing the US the nation's closest ally in a potential strike. By a 285 to 272 margin British MPs rejected the government's motion to support in principle military action against Syria. A second vote was due to be held on committing to action following the report by United Nations weapons inspectors, who are currently investigating claims that Assad used chemical weapons on civilians. British MPs also voted down an opposition Labour amendment calling for more information about the deployment of chemical weapons in Syria. The Labour amendment was defeated Thursday by 332 votes to 220. "A number of Tories in the no lobby with Labour," wrote Labour MP Jon Trickett. MPs on both sides of the aisle expressed doubt over British involvement in Syria during a six hour debate in the House of Commons. Cameron called back lawmakers from their summer vacation to determine whether Britain would join US-led military action in Syria, if the US decides to do so in the coming days. The vote could be a blow to Cameron's authority after he has advocated UK military action in the event US forces deploy missiles in the Middle East. British Prime Minister David Cameron asserted that such action would put a halt to human rights atrocities in Syria, while Labour party MPs said they required more evidence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's guilt to intervene in the Middle Eastern nation's two-year civil war. Cameron, while advocating limited attacks against the Assad government, admitted he was not"100% certain" that Assad was behind a recent chemical attack, but that it was "highly likely". After the defeat in the Parliament, Cameron admitted it was clear that Britons did not want action and said he "will act accordingly." One MP shouted "resign" as Cameron pledged he would not order an attack. http://rt.com/



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