United Kingdom could strike in Syria without MP vote

The foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said Thursday that it would be hard for the United Kingdom to refuse the U.S. should they ask for support on a military strike on Syria.

Johnson has claimed that the Assad regime has "unleashed murder upon his own citizens with weapons that were banned nearly 100 years ago".

Asked if going to parliament for approval for strikes was a precondition, Johnson said: "As I say, I think it would be very hard for us to say no".

USA forces hit a Syrian airbase with missiles earlier in April in response to the Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons incident in Syria, which Washington blamed on Damascus despite the lack of a proper investigation.

Referring to the election at Mansion House, Mr Johnson added that the public needs "clear leadership to navigate this age of uncertainty" and that the Prime Minister's decision to call the vote in June "will be a source of stability and continuity and certainty".

"All we have stated previously is that the USA have been clear that they are not planning any further strikes, but they could reconsider if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons again and anything beyond that is hypothetical", the spokesman said.

MPs backed the action against IS in a December 2015 Commons vote but rejected strikes against the Assad regime in 2013.

But speaking to Nick Ferrari, the Foreign Secretary insisted they will get £350m a week - and it will be up to the government on how they spend it.

"It is why the Prime Minister made it a priority when she took office previous year to ensure the renewal of Britain's crucial independent nuclear deterrent and to lead the debate in Parliament". Johnson said he thought "mugwump" was a word used by the character Willy Wonka.

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to avoid "name-calling" in the General Election campaign, after Boris Johnson launched an all-out attack on the Labour leader, branding him a "mutton-headed old mugwump" who would be a threat to national security.

His appearances followed a scathing attack in a newspaper article, in which he urged voters not to feel sorry for "mutton-headed old mugwump" Mr Corbyn.

This meant that as Johnson made media appearances, the journalist focused on his comments, rather than scrutinising his role in the Brexit campaign.

"He described the sum as "£350m a week which we do not now control which could be spent on our priorities, including the NHS".

The differences in the Johnson family over quitting the European Union burst into the open today as Rachel defied her brother Boris and joined the Lib Dems to fight Brexit.

During the referendum campaign, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot, took the unusual step of saying he was "disappointed" that the Leave campaign persisted with the £350 million figure after being warned it was "misleading".

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