British parliament approves airstrikes in Syria

British parliament approves airstrikes in Syria

British parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking part in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.

The legislation has passed the House of Commons today, 397 votes to 223, after a marathon 10-hour debate.

Prime Minister David Cameron had urged all MP’s to vote for the measure, saying it was not fair for Britain to stand aside while other nations fought against IS.

He has taken to social media to congratulate parliament on its achievement.

“I believe the House has taken the right decision to keep the UK safe – military action in Syria as one part of a broader strategy,” Mr Cameron wrote on Twitter.

Britain has already been conducting airstrikes in Iraq for the last 12 months, and Mr Cameron said now is the right time to expand that mission in to Syria.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbin was opposed to the measure, but had allows Labor MPs a free vote.

67 of Labor’s 231 MPs reportedly voted in favour of the action.

It’s believed British warplanes could leave their airbase in Cyprus within hours to conduct the first strikes against Syrian targets.

Image: AFP

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