British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was defeated in a crucial Parliamentary vote late last night meant to make the United Kingdom join an impending military strike against Syria, in a move that was led by Labour leader, Ed Miliband.
It was a surprising and humiliating defeat for Cameron who had to cut short his summer holiday to recall parliament for the emergency vote. The government motion that would have authorised military strike against Syria was defeated by 285 to 272 votes meaning a number of Tory MPs also voted against it.
On the other hand, it was a small but significant victory for Ed Miliband who has been dogged by allegations of inefficiency and incompetence throughout the summer parliamentary break.
The Prime Minister said after that he would always respect the will of the elected members of parliament as it was clear that they did not want to see a military strike on the Syrian government to punish it for an alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus last week.
When asked by Labour leader Ed Miliband whether he would promise not to circumvent parliament and authorise military action, he said:
“I can give that assurance. I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons.
“It is very clear tonight that while the House has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action – I get that and the government will act accordingly.”