Emergency debate: Parliamentary approval of military action overseas

17 April 2018

MPs took part in an emergency debate on Parliamentary approval of military action overseas.

MPs voted 317 to 256 to approve the motion "That this House has considered Parliament’s rights in relation to the approval of military action by British Forces overseas" (Division 137).  The Leader of the Opposition invited Members to vote against the motion, to express dissatisfaction with the Government’s response and assert the rights of Parliament.

Application for debate

The House of Commons agreed to an application for an emergency debate, made by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, on Monday 16 April 2018.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the Emergency debate.

Emergency debates

An emergency debate is a debate called at short notice in the House of Commons on a matter that should have urgent consideration. An MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate under the rules of Standing Order No. 24.

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