This is a huge change in the way that Britain has acted in the past. Britain and the US have always attacked together, could have huge implications.
- Julian

August 30, 20135:00 p.m.LONDON — Has the sun finally stopped setting on the British Empire?
A day after Parliament's surprising refusal to back a possible international military strike on Syria, Britons both wrung their hands and rejoiced over what some pundits described as the end — yet again — to British imperial pretensions, to punching above the country's weight on the world stage.
"There will be a national soul-searching about our role in the world, whether Britain wants to play a big part in upholding the international system," a disappointed George Osborne, a senior Cabinet member, said Friday. "I hope this doesn't become a moment when we turn our back on all the world's problems."