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    Britain's Ruling Class 'Divided on Following US Policy in Syria'

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    The UK Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday criticized Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to extend military action against the Islamic State jihadist group from Iraq to Syria, as part of the US-led coalition efforts against the extremists.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — Members of the UK ruling class are deeply divided over whether the country should follow United States' Syrian policy, the leader of the New Communist Party of Britain (NCP) told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    "We believe that the British ruling class is divided on the issue of Syria," Andy Brooks said. "Those who believe that the best interests of British imperialism are served by doing whatever the Americans want regardless of the consequences are mainly found within the Conservative party and among some of the Blair right in the Labour party."

    Committee members advised Cameron to avoid bringing to a parliamentary vote a British military intervention in Syria unless a coherent international strategy to defeat ISIL is elucidated.

    The party leader added that there were others from the ruling class, including so-called Conservative rebels, who "increasingly opposed to this, because they see the British interests have not benefited from Iraq or Libya."

    The prime minister cannot get the motion to a vote "partly because a number of opposition parties – the Labour, the Welsh and Scottish nationalists, the Liberal Democrats are opposed to Britain being involved in the bombing of Syria around the US campaign," Brooks added.

    The United Kingdom must work out a realistic approach to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, he added.

    "What we believe has to be done now is to mobilize for a more realistic position of the British government towards the whole problem," Andy Brooks said, suggesting that "the Russian initiative is charting out the best way forward for ending the conflict in Syria."

    The political party leader observed that ISIL  must first be defeated, and only then can a national reconciliation in Syria and new elections take place.


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