A motion on the Syrian attack issue was put forth in the British parliament by Prime Minister David Cameron. After the motion was defeated with a 285-272 vote, the Prime Minister said that he would not overrule the decision made by the parliament. Cameron said: “I can give that assurance. I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons.” He said that the lawmakers clearly did not wish for military action against the Syrian government.
Philip Hammond, British Defence Secretary announced that Britain would not involve itself in a military action against Syria. Hammond added that it would strain Britain’s special relationship with its allies in Washington. “I don’t expect that the lack of British participation will stop any action,” he added, referring to US plans to attack Syria.