PM probably has the right to commit UK to support any US action without a Commons vote – but only in a non-combat role

Theresa May does not currently have a parliamentary mandate to participate in a major military response to Saturday’s chemical weapons attack in Syria, though arguably she has a right to lend limited help to a US assault if Donald Trump chooses to go ahead with such a plan.

In December 2015 British MPs voted by 397 to 233 to give David Cameron’s government a mandate to use military force – short of deploying ground troops – to hit Islamic State targets in Syria, though not to punish Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

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