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Miliband has no regrets on blocking Syria strikes in 2013

Ed Miliband led the crossbench rebellion against supporting US-led airstrikes on the Assad regime in 2013. Credit: PA

Ed Miliband has said the brutality of the Syrian civil war made him question his efforts to successfully block airstrikes against the Assad regime in 2013.

However the former Labour leader said he still concluded it was the "right thing to do".

Mr Miliband led a rebellion in 2013 against then-prime minister David Cameron's plans in response to chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

He was questioned over his stance on not intervening during an appearance on Channel 4 comedy show The Last Leg, hours after US President Donald Trump launched air strikes in Syria.

"The horrible scenes, ghastly scenes (of the conflict) obviously make me think about that," he said.

"I have thought a lot about it and whether it was the right thing to do but I think in the end, in my heart of hearts I do feel it was."

Mr Miliband said there was a lack of plan for the consequences of the strikes in 2013 and he feared Britain "being drawn into the Syrian civil war".

"The biggest lesson of the Iraq war was you don't send our forces into combat unless you know there is a clear plan," he said.

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Labour reveals 'six tests' for Brexit support

Sir Keir Starmer will reveal Labour's 'six tests' for Brexit Credit: PA

Labour will reject any Brexit deal which does not pass "six tests" to be revealed tomorrow, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

Any deal must offer the "exact same benefits" the UK has from the single market and customs union, the shadow Brexit secretary added.

He said: "If our tests are not met then we do not intend to support the deal the government comes back with."

In order for Labour to back Brexit, the deal must:

  • Offer the exact same benefits as the single market and the customs union
  • Provide fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities
  • Create a strong collaborative future relationship with the EU
  • Defend rights and protections
  • Protect national security and the UK's capacity to tackle cross-border crime
  • Deliver for all regions and nations of the UK
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