14.04.2018 | Syria attack: Theresa May says British air strikes 'absolutely in our national interest'
Source - The Daily Express
The Prime Minister defended her Government's decision to carry out air strikes in Syria, claiming the air strikes were in Britain's national interest.
Britain joined US and French forces to take “co-ordinated and targeted strikes” against the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities.
Four RAF Tornados fired Storm Shadow missiles at a former missile base near Homs, following late-night talks between Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump.
In a press conference on the Syria attack this morning, Mrs May said Britain cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to be normalised.
The Prime Minister explained: "I have taken this decision because I believe it is the right thing to do. I believe it is absolutely in our national interest.
"But I believe it is also important for the international community to be very clear about this issue.
"We have seen a regime appearing to think they can use chemical weapons with impunity."
Mrs May had earlier explained that there was no alternative to military action.
She said the strikes were "right and legal" to "prevent further humanitarian crisis".
The defence secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that the British Tornado crews had all returned safely.
In an evening address last night, President Trump called the chemical attack “crimes of a monster” and said US strikes would hit precision strikes on targets linked to Syria's stockpiled precursors to chemical weapons.