UK Rules Out Fresh Vote on Syria

World | September 2, 2013, Monday // 08:44|  views

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The British government has ruled out a re-run of the vote on military action in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

On Thursday, British MPs rejected possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons. A government motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.

Hague has now said ministers could not "go back every week" to something MPs rejected, the BBC informs.

Hague told the BBC he did not believe new information about the attack would make a difference to the MPs who doubted the government's case.

He said: "I don't think on any issue the government can go back to parliament every few days, or every week with the same proposition, and our proposition already included waiting for the UN weapon inspectors to report, to discuss things at the Security Council, that was already built into our proposal. “

"So on this particular issue that we voted for on Thursday; can we go back in the coming days and have that vote again, well no. We can't do that. Parliament has spoken."

Meanwhile, the US said it had evidence the chemical nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus last month.

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Tags: Syria, UK, US, David Cameron, William Hague


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