UK submarines move within missile range of Syria as Theresa May convenes ‘war cabinet’ and prepares to brush aside MPs’ demands for a vote before joining military action on Assad

Theresa May was poised last night to defy calls for a Commons vote on military action in Syria.

The Prime Minister summoned ministers back to London to seek their support for joining an American-led attack on the Assad regime within days.

Clearing the way for action, she declared the use of chemical weapons could not go unchallenged and said ‘all the indications’ suggested that Bashar Assad’s forces were responsible for Saturday’s atrocity near Damascus.

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