British MPs have vote down possible military action against Syria. A government motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes. Thirty Conservative and nine Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government’s motion.
PM David Cameron said “the government will act accordingly”, effectively ruling out London’s involvement in any US-led strikes against Damascus.
The US said it would “continue to consult” with London, “one of our closest allies and friends”.
MPs also rejected the government’s motion in support of military action in Syria if it was supported by evidence from United Nations weapons inspectors, who are investigating the allegations of a chemical weapons attack last week.
Around 355 people died in the incident, in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, on 21 August.
The United States may have to take unilateral action against Syria after British lawmakers voted down a proposal for military action, a senior U.S. official said.