Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North has spoken tonight of his thoughts on the suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria.
He said that the UK Government’s response to the attack must be authorised by Parliament, and not to ‘follow President Trump’s tweets and take military action’.
Mr Newlands, speaking on social media, said: “A number of concerned constituents have contacted me over the past couple of days on what is happening in Syria and what role the UK may play in helping the US with a possible military strike.
“Let me be clear, the sickening images that we have seen on the TV of the suspected chemical attack in Douma are deeply upsetting. It’s clear that action is required to prevent any further chemical attacks and that those responsible must be held to account. The UK must work with the international community to develop an appropriate response, with a clear strategy, which prevents further attacks on innocent people.
“However, the condemnation of the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria and our desire to hold those responsible to account does not mean that the Prime Minister can follow President Trump’s tweets and take military action which has not been authorised by Parliament.
“I echo the comments of the SNP Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford MP, and our defence spokesman Stewart McDonald MP when they say that the UK Government’s response to this attack must be determined by Parliament, and not by Donald Trump tweets.”
Mr Newlands said that lessons need to be learned from the past, he continued: “We need to work with our international partners in developing an evidence-based and appropriate response, which holds those responsible to account, and which helps those in Syria – rather than making the situation worse with an ill-considered rush to military action.”