Today, the U.K. parliament voted down Prime Minister David Cameron’s request for military action against Syria, after last week’s chemical attack. The vote came after the prime minister recalled the parliament from their annual vacation.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Cameron’s request to the parliament for the use of military action against Syria was defeated in a preliminary vote. The final vote tally was 285 to 272 with the nay vote having only a 13 vote majority.
CNN reported as of 6: 25 p.m. EST that the prime minster vowed not to go against parliament’s vote. The news site quotes him as saying that "I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons”.
This most recent development in the United Kingdom could complicate matters for the United States in the government’s quest for an international solution on the Syrian situation. Without the support of allies like the United Kingdom, the Obama administration might have to act unilaterally.
The Obama administration would move alone to prevent a reoccurrence of last week's chemical attacks. The New York Times reported:
"President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said on Thursday, even with a rejection of such action by Britain’s Parliament, an increasingly restive Congress, and lacking an endorsement from the United Nations Security Council."
More action on the part of the Obama administration and their allies will likely happen in next couple of days. The world awaits the U.S. government's next move.