As William Hague meets EU foreign ministers today, he should be asking both is it legal, and is it advisable to send arms to Syria's rebels.
How would the Government prevent British-supplied weapons falling into the wrong hands, and how does supplying weapons help to secure a lasting peace?
– Douglas Alexander, Shadow foreign secretary
Syria today is awash with arms and in the House of Commons last week MPs on all sides expressed real concern about the identity, intent and tactics of some of the rebel forces.
In Washington the Prime Minister clearly failed to convince president Obama of his case, so today in Brussels the UK's use of the veto would confirm that the Prime Minister had also failed to convince our European partners.