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No strikes on Syria without consensus, insists PM.

DAVID CAMERON has insisted he will not try to get parliamentary approval for British air strikes in Syria unless there is "genuine consensus" among politicians.

The Prime Minister stressed that the UK was already providing logistical support for raids on Islamic State (IS) targets in the country, as well as directly mounting attacks in Iraq.

But he played down the prospect of an early Commons vote that could see the RAF action extended, after MPs refused to authorise the move two years ago.

Speaking at a press conference after talks with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid, Mr Cameron said: "We support the action that is being taken against Isil (IS) in Syria.

"We are directly carrying it out in Iraq where the RAF has carried out a whole series of strikes which with allies have degraded and set back Isil, and I believe that process should continue and will continue.

"We already support what is happening in Syria. We are providing intelligence, we are providing air support, we are providing refuelling support. We back what is being done by the coalition because it is vital we degrade, set back, and ultimately destroy Isil in both countries.

"But I will only proceed going further on this issue if there is genuine consensus in the UK about it before going back to Parliament."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 5, 2015
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