Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy, 20 July 2015

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): If the coalition forces are successful in removing ISIL from parts of Syria, who would form the legitimate Government of those areas, assuming Assad was still in place?

The Secretary of State for Defence (Michael Fallon):  We hope that Assad will not continue in place for a day longer than is necessary. There is no future for Syria with Assad still in place. As well as the military campaign and the counter-ideology campaign, we now need to work with friends in the region, as has already been said, to help to promote a comprehensive and moderate democratic Government in Syria that has the confidence of all the communities there, including the Alawite community, from which Assad originally came.