U.K.'s May to Face Angry Lawmakers Over Syria Airstrikes

May will tell lawmakers that her decision was 'in Britain's national interest' and backed by the international community

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a news conference at number 10 Downing Street following air strikes in Syria, in London April 14, 2018.

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face British lawmakers to explain her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament.

Britain, the United States and France hit targets in Syria Saturday in response to a reported chemical attack in Douma.

Parliament returns Monday after a spring break, and was not consulted about the action. The government is not legally bound to seek Parliament's approval for military strikes, though it is customary to do so.

May plans to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes were "in Britain's national interest" in that there was broad international support to help prevent further suffering from chemical weapons attacks.

The government says it will seek an emergency parliamentary debate on the airstrikes Monday, though that is unlikely to satisfy angry opposition lawmakers.