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Vote 'won't authorise Syria action'
Thursday's House of Commons vote will not authorise direct British military involvement in Syria as the Government indicated there would be fresh efforts to achieve a United Nations Security Council resolution.
Any direct action by UK forces will require a further vote in the Commons once the UN has considered a report from weapons inspectors investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
But the motion will ask MPs to agree the principle that a "strong humanitarian response" is required from the international community and "this may, if necessary, require military action that is legal, proportionate and focused on saving lives by preventing and deterring further use of Syria's chemical weapons".
The wording of the motion was released by Downing Street shortly after Labour said it would oppose the Government unless the UN inspectors were given time to complete their work.
A No 10 spokeswoman said: "The PM is acutely aware of the deep concerns in the country caused by what happened over Iraq.
"That's why we are committed to taking action to deal with this war crime - but taking action in the right way, proceeding on a consensual basis.
"So this motion endorses the Government's consistent approach that we should take action in response to Assad's chemical weapons attack; reflects the need to proceed on a consensual basis, taking account of the work done by weapons inspectors; and reflects the Prime Minister's respect for the UN process - something he made clear to president Obama several days ago."
Labour claimed the Prime Minister had been forced to climb down over the use of force against Syria before the UN process had been exhausted in response to Ed Miliband's stance.
A source said: "We will continue to scrutinise this motion, but at 5.15pm, David Cameron totally ruled out a second vote; an hour and a half later he changed his mind.
"Ed was determined to do the right thing. It has taken Labour forcing a vote to force the Government to do the right thing."