Jeremy Browne warns of terrorism threat over Syria intervention as MPs are recalled to Parliament (From This is The West Country)
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Jeremy Browne warns of terrorism threat over Syria intervention as MPs are recalled to Parliament
TAUNTON Deane MP Jeremy Browne says Britain must be wary of the threat of terrorism when deciding whether to intervene in Syria.
The Home Office minister, pictured, will be in Parliament tomorrow (August 29) to vote on the UK's response to the crisis in the troubled country after being recalled by Prime Minister David Cameron.
He told the County Gazette: “Terrible atrocities have been committed by all sides in Syria but the use of chemical weapons is particularly appalling.
“The challenge is how best to confront the perpetrators of this terrible crime. We need to be very clear about our strategic objectives.”
MPs were recalled on Tuesday after Downing Street confirmed Britain's armed forces are drawing up contingency plans for military action.
They will meet tomorrow for a “clear Government motion and vote on response to chemical weapons attacks,” said Mr Cameron.
It comes after hundreds of people were killed in Damascus last week in a chemical gas attack, with Downing Street and the White House pointing the finger at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
But Mr Browne said he was waiting to hear what the PM had to say before jumping to any conclusions about intervening.
He said: “Intervention by Britain and other western powers would change the dynamics of the war in Syria and we must be mindful of the potential impact on neighbouring countries and the proliferation of terrorism.
“I will be in the House of Commons tomorrow to hear the Prime Minister explain to the nation what action he recommends.”
Mr Cameron is yet to decide the nature of the UK's response, but it would be “legal and specific” to the chemical attack, says Number 10.
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