Sky News reports that Jeremy Corbyn has demanded MPs be given a vote in Parliament to authorise potential military action in Syria.
The Labour leader insisted the House of Commons “should always” be given a say on UK military intervention.
Mr Corbyn spoke as the Prime Minister offered her strongest signal yet she could authorise UK force in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma.
The US and France are also contemplating military action, although Russia – which backs Syrian President Bashar al Assad and has troops in the country – has warned of a response if Syrian government facilities are struck by Western nations.
Theresa May stated “all the indications” are that the Syrian regime is to blame for the Douma attack, which reportedly killed 70 people and injured 500.
The United Nations health agency has cited reports from its partners that show signs of exposure to toxic chemicals among the Douma victims.
The Prime Minister said: “We will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future.
Russian RT is reported saying The UK PM’s request for “more evidence” during private phone calls with the US president, reported by the Times, is seemingly a contrast to the public broadcasts she has made. Along with her top government officials, May has made clear who she suspects bears the guilt for the alleged chemical atrocity in Douma, Syria, on Saturday, pointing the finger at President Bashar Assad, aided by Russia.
On Wednesday, May told reporters in Birmingham: “All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, and we’ll be working with our closest allies to consider how we can ensure that those responsible are held to account.” Guarded in private but preparing for the likelihood of war in the public sphere, May seems to want to have her cake and eat it.
The PM appears to be allowed to play by a different rulebook to that of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, when it comes to foreign policy and national security issues, especially when a country such as Russia is involved.