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UK 'could take military action' says New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne
THE UK could take military action as part of the country's response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, a New Forest MP has said.
The Prime Minister is set to unveil a motion stressing the need for “appropriate measures” in response to the use of chemical weapons, which will be voted on in the House of Commons tomorrow.
Both Mr Cameron and US President Barack Obama have condemned the use of chemical weapons, after an alleged attack near Damascus on August 21, in which hundreds of people are reported to have died.
The Syrian government has denied any responsibility, instead blaming the opposition which it is fighting a bitter civil war against.
Ahead of the motion being published, Mr Swayne said he was sure it would “set out a robust response including military action to deter the use of chemical weapons.”
He continued: “I'm not enthusiastic about getting involved in what is a very nasty civil war, but we have got to say that they have crossed a red line and we have got to do something, we have got to show a proportionate response to maintain our credibility, which is very important for maintaining peace elsewhere.
“If we don't respond proportionally then other places around the world will take a very strong message that they can do what they want.
“I will be supporting a proportionate, lawful but robust response by means of deterring the use of chemical weapons, not for regime change.
“I'm sure that the robust response will involve military action.”
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