Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 17th April 2018.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North 3:39 pm, 17th April 2018

I will not give way for the minute because I wish to make some progress.

Of course, that would be exceptionally difficult, but we were sent here to tackle the exceptionally difficult. In 2013, Parliament debated military action—that has been played out many times over the past few hours—and MPs were given the opportunity to have their say, for better or for worse, to cast their votes, to speak up on behalf of their constituents and to be held accountable. It seemed at that point that a good convention had been established and that it reflected the way that things would be done.