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TAUNTON Deane MP Jeremy Browne is in the House of Commons today and has warned Britain must be wary of the threat of terrorism when deciding whether to intervene in Syria.
Mr Browne said: “Terrible atrocities have been committed by all sides in Syria, but the use of chemical weapons is particularly appalling.
“The challenge is how best to confront the perpetrators of this terrible crime – we need to be clear about our strategic objectives.”
MPs were recalled on Tuesday after Downing Street confirmed that Britain’s armed forces are drawing up contingency plans for military action, and they will meet today (August 29) to debate the UK's response.
A vote was originally meant to be held but the PM scrapped it last night following pressure from opponents against military action.
Hundreds of people were killed in a chemical gas attack in Syria’s capital, Damascus, last week, and Downing Street and the White House have blamed President Bashar al-Assad, but Mr Browne said he was waiting to hear what the PM had to say before jumping to any conclusions.
Mr Browne said: “Intervention by Britain and other western powers would change the dynamics of the war in Syria and we must be mindful of the potential impact on neighbouring countries and the proliferation of terrorism.
“I’ll be in the Commons to hear the PM explain to the nation what action he recommends.”
Mr Cameron is yet to decide the nature of the UK’s response, but it would be “legal and specific” to the chemical attack.
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