Politics: What time is Theresa May’s speech today, how to watch the House Of Commons address and what is the emergency debate?

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THERESA May is going to address the Commons over the air strikes in Syria today.

Here is all you need to know about the Prime Minister’s speech.

Theresa May is set to address the House of Commons later today

What time is Theresa May’s speech?

Theresa May is due to address the House of Commons at 3:30pm today.

The PM is set to talk to the House about the air strikes launched in Syria over the weekend.

After she has given her speech she will then take at least an hour of questions from her fellow parliamentarians.

She will then ask the Speaker for an emergency debate about the air strikes in Syria over the weekend.

How do I watch the House of Commons address?

Mrs May’s speech will be available to view on the BBC Parliament channel.

What will follow is a six hour debate among MPs as they discuss the military action.

The PM is getting out ahead of a debate being demanded by MPs using a standing order 24.

Theresa May will say: “UNSC-mandated inspectors have investigated previous attacks and on four occasions decided that the regime was indeed responsible.

“We are confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible for this attack and that its persistent pattern of behaviour meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons.

Theresa May insists Syria bombing raids will stop tyrants like Assad and Putin from using chemical weapons

“Furthermore, there were clearly attempts to block any proper investigation, as we saw with the Russian veto at the UN earlier in the week.

“And we cannot wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks.

“Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because it is in our national interest to do so.

“It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria – and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used.

“For we cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – either within Syria, on the streets of the UK or elsewhere.”

What is the emergency debate?

Theresa May has pre-empted planned opposition motions by going to the speaker herself.

She applied to John Bercow “to give the House an extended opportunity to discuss the military action”.

Labour argue that the Government has been trying to block the debate all weekend and, as the party in government, has the power to set Government business without asking the Speaker for an emergency debate.

Jeremy Corbyn will call for a new War Powers Act that would compel prime ministers to go to parliament before sending forces to war.


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