BATTEN: Attack On Syria “Disastrous”
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP’s Interim Leader, has this morning issued a statement warning that military intervention in Syria could lead to a proxy war with Russia and be “dangerous” to Britain and the rest of the world.
Theresa May has summoned the Cabinet back from their Easter break to a meeting which is widely expected, without Parliamentary approval, to authorise military action against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma.
Mr Batten said:
“Mrs May should not allow the UK to get sucked into a war in Syria.
There is no proof that the Assad regime is responsible for the chemical attack on civilians.
Whoever is responsible, our involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts has been disastrous for Britain and achieved nothing but further disorder in the region. By going to war with Syria, we would also be entering into a proxy war with Russia, which is not only dangerous for Britain but the entire world.
While I realise that working for the ‘national interest’ is an alien concept to Mrs May and our political establishment, they nevertheless should not be dragged into a war on the say so of Donald Trump or anyone else.”
Nigel Farage has also spoken out against the move to war as has David Kurten, UKIP’s Education Spokesman who tweeted:
Western governments should not bomb Syria while allegations of a chemical weapons attack and who did it are unverified. After the Gulf of Tonkin and Tony Blair’s non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction, they should not take aggressive action on a false or uncertain pretext.
— David Kurten ن (@davidkurten) 11 April 2018
Bill Etheridge MEP also said that an attack would “not be in our national interest”.
Im a hawk on military matters who wants a powerful independent U.K. armed forces to strike fear into our enemies but the idea of launching a military strike on Syria at this point is plain wrong and will not achieve anything in our national interest
— Bill Etheridge (@Billukip) April 12, 2018
Snap opinion polls show mass opposition to military action especially if it risks widening the conflict with Russia.