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Majority of British people do not support air strikes against Syria

2015-11-28 22:29:03

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A new poll has revealed the majority of British people still do not support bombing Isis in Syria, despite David Cameron setting out his case for military action this week.

The survey conducted for the Daily Mirror by Survation showed 59 per cent of people believed sending warplanes to bomb key Isis targets in the war-torn country will increase the risk of terrorist attacks in the UK.

While 48 per cent of people said they backed air raids on the extremists, but 30 per cent want Britain to stay away and a further 21 per cent are undecided.

Addressing the House of Commons on Thursday, the Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his case for air strikes saying the UK will “never be safe” until Isis is defeated.

The RAF is currently limited to striking Isis targets in Iraq.

In the summer of 2013, the Government suffered a defeat in the House of Commons which rejected plans to go to war in Syria to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

But the Paris attacks on 13th November - which killed 130 people in a string of coordinated attacks across the city - have changed the mood among MPs who are now more prepared to support military action.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said there was a growing “momentum” among MPs to support extending air strikes.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls to quit from former ministers over his decision to call for the party to oppose airstrikes.

The majority of his Shadow Cabinet -including Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn - are believed to be lining up to support Mr Cameron when the vote is expected to come before the House next week.

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