PM Theresa May Urged by Jeremy Corbyn to Take In More Refugees Following Syria Strike

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, saying that the air strikes on Syria that occurred last Friday evening were “legally questionable.” He urged the Prime Minister to commit to taking in more refugees.

The said letter followed his initial reaction to the bombing when he was joined by Nicola Sturgeon and Vince Cable in questioning the decision of the Prime Minister to move forward even with the absence of a parliamentary vote.

He said that the UK government should now heighten its commitment to taking in more refugees, and criticised the “grotesque spectacle” of geopolitical disputed in which the people of Syria are “used as pawns.”

Corbyn wrote: “The refugee crisis places a responsibility on all countries and I [hope] the government will now increase its commitment to take additional refugees.”

“Hundreds of unaccompanied children remain in Europe and the UK must do more through the Dubs amendment.”

He also asked for the publication of the legal advice handed to the Attorney General about the attack and called for the United Kingdom to work towards a ceasefire.

He wrote: “I would welcome your assurance that Britain will embark on renewed diplomatic efforts to end this conflict.

“Our only priority must be the safety and security of the Syrian people – which is best served by de-escalating this conflict, so that aid can get in.”