The House of Commons rejected any UK involvement in a humanitarian intervention in Syria on Thursday night by a vote of 285-272. Prime Minister David Cameron had called parliament back into session to discuss the matter, where MPs debated for several hours before ultimately rejecting his motion for military intervention in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
After the vote, Cameron said he would not use royal prerogative to undermine the will of parliament:
"I strongly believe in the need of a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons. It is very clear tonight that while the house has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that, at the government will act accordingly."
Meanwhile in the United States, it appears President Obama has no intention of putting the same question to the full Congress. If Obama decides to take action against Syria, that may mean going it alone.