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Question on a Second Vote on Syria

At Foreign Office Questions this week, I asked the Secretary of State about the Prime Minister’s decision to rule out a second vote on intervention in Syria.

Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab): When, after that vote, the Leader of the Opposition asked the Prime Minister for an assurance that Britain would not take action without the Government returning to the House for another vote, why did not the Prime Minister simply give that assurance rather than rule action out completely?

Mr Hague: The right hon. Gentleman may recall that the vote was on whether to have a further vote. The proposition that the Government put to the House was to have a second vote if military action was to be contemplated. That motion was defeated—Opposition Members voted against having a second vote. That was the decision of the House.

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