Military action in Syria is expected over the weekend, with the PM likely to face down MPs

Theresa May made a strident argument to her cabinet ministers that Britain should not allow the creeping erosion of the taboo of using chemical weapons that she said had been an international norm since the first world war, the Guardian understands.

Downing Street has said there is still no precise timetable for any further military action, most likely to commence over the weekend, but the prime minister is understood to have argued in her opening address to cabinet that British military action in Syria should be limited to precise action against chemical weapons facilities and distribution.

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