After 10 hours of debating, UK lawmakers decided in favour of conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. It was voted 397 in favour and 223 against.
With Britain officially going to war, it is now expected German lawmakers will pass through their parliament the approval for 1,200 military personnel to take a non-combat support role in Syria.
David Cameron said the UK faces “a fundamental threat to our security.” He suggested that Britain was under threat of an Isis attack. He posed the question: “Do we work with our allies to degrade and destruct this threat … or do we sit back and wait for them to attack us?”
“This is the right thing to do to keep Britain safe, to deal with this evil organization and as part of a process to bring peace and stability to Syria,” said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the decision to conduct these air strikes: “one with potentially far-reaching consequences for us all, here in Britain, people in Syria and those in Middle East.”
Corbyn asked for Cameron to explain “how British bombing in Syria will contribute to a comprehensive, negotiated, political settlement of the Syrian war.”
The British airstrikes will be conducted with then US-led coalition who have not been invited by the Syrian government like Russia has. This defies international law.