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Here is the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s statement applying for the emergency debate on the convention that parliament should approve military interventions.
I seek leave to propose that – in light of Friday’s air strikes in Syria – the House should urgently debate the important matter of the government’s obligations, under parliamentary convention, to seek the approval of the House before committing UK forces to pre-meditated, hostile, military action overseas.
The cabinet manual published by the government in 2011 confirms their acceptance of that convention and guarantees that the government will – I quote – “observe that convention except where there [is] an emergency and such action would not be appropriate.”
John Bercow, the speaker, is responding. He says this is an appropriate topic for an emergency debate under standing order 24.
Bercow says the debate will be held tomorrow, as the first item of business.