It would be a surprise if, when the Prime Minister and colleagues make their decision on consulting Parliament on intervening in Syria, they don’t settle for some form of debate. An early day motion by Graham Allen demanding a recall of Parliament has swiftly accrued signatures from MPs of all parties, including Douglas Carswell, Stewart Jackson, David Davies, Graham Stuart, Philip Davies, Martin Vickers, James Gray, and Adam Holloway.
But the question is how Parliament will be consulted. A vote on action would still be dangerous. A statement from the Prime Minister or Foreign Secretary followed by a debate would satisfy the calls from MPs like Andrew Bridgen to hear the details of the plan, but no vote would infuriate other MPs who feel Parliament shouldn’t just be updated, but allowed to have a say on Britain’s role in the Syrian conflict. Either way, it is going to be an uncomfortable few days for the Prime Minister on a domestic level, as well as internationally.
UPDATE, 8.20am: Douglas Alexander made clear on the Today programme just how risky a vote could be. While he said Labour wanted MPs to be able to vote, he also said the party could whip against supporting intervention in Syria if it wasn’t convinced of the case for it.Tags: Syria, UK politics