FEARS missile strikes on Syria could lead to global conflict have been voiced by Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.
Following reports prime minister David Cameron was considering missile strikes — after claims a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds in Damascus — Mr Turner said parliament should be recalled and the case for their use be made to MPs and the public.
Mr Turner, who was one of 15 Conservative MPs opposed the 2003 Iraq war, said: "Syria is a volatile tinder-box of violence.
"A single spark could set the whole region ablaze and it could have unanticipated consequences in the wider world.
"Yesterday Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov set out the Russian position; that the use of military force against Assad without UN approval would be a 'grave violation of international law’ and described it as a 'very dangerous’ and 'very slippery path.’
"There could hardly be a clearer warning the situation has the potential to escalate into a global conflict. I believe that there are circumstances where UK forces may be justified in acting in our national interest without UN approval, but the situation in Syria certainly does not meet those criteria at the moment.
"If the case for military action is so strong that our Government believes we must get involved then Parliament must be recalled so that the Prime Minister can make the case to MPs and to the country.
"What happened in Damascus was terrible; but we need to be sure of the facts and what the objectives of intervention are. We also need to know what resources would be needed and how we would plan to deal with any wider consequences. At the moment I am not convinced that any of those questions have been answered satisfactorily."