The British parliament tonight voted 285-272 against a fairly mild government proposal that read as follows:
Note that the language urges military action but conditions it on UN Security Council approval and a subsequent parliamentary vote. Note that it stops short of calling for regime change,That this House, ... Believes that the United Nations Security Council must have the opportunity immediately to consider that briefing and that every effort should be made to secure a Security Council Resolution backing military action before any such action is taken, and notes that before any direct British involvement in such action a further vote of the House of Commons will take place; andNotes that this Resolution relates solely to efforts to alleviate humanitarian suffering by deterring use of chemical weapons and does not sanction any action in Syria with wider objectives.
Despite those provisions, parliament voted no.-
Meanwhile, the French want to wait for the formal UN inspectors' report.
Isn't this reason enough for the administration to stand down? Isn't it time to "recalculate'?