Prime Minister hints that UK could arm Syrian rebels

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon in the Al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs Credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Ibrahim/Shaam News Network/Handout

The Prime Minister has hinted that Britain could supply weapons to rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

The government is already providing non-lethal equipment such as armoured vehicles and body armour to rebels, but is subject to an EU arms embargo.

The embargo, which is opposed by some EU members, is up for renewal in May and the Prime Minister hinted that he could veto its extension.

"It's not out of the question [that] we might have to do things in our own way," he said before the Commons Liaison Committee today, adding that he hoped Britain could "continue with an EU approach".