Dan Bloom — The Daily Mirror April 27, 2017
Britain could join Donald Trump in bombing the Syrian regime – and do it without a vote by MPs, Boris Johnson signalled today.
The Foreign Secretary said it would be “very difficult to say no” if the US President’s administration asks for help against Bashar Al-Assad.
A chemical attack that killed scores of civilians earlier this month prompted the US to launch its first missile strike on a Syrian regime base.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a “political solution” in Syria and would tell Trump “no more strikes”.
But Tory minister Mr Johnson signalled Britain will join any future attack if asked – and may not ask MPs to approve it.
MPs famously rejected a bid for Britain to take military action in Syria in 2013 after a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of people.
Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it will be very difficult if the United States has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack.
“And if they come to us and ask for our support, whether it’s with submarine-based cruise missiles in the (Mediterranean), or whatever it happens to be, as was the case back in 2013.
“It would be in my view, and I know this is also the view of the Prime Minister, it would be very difficult for us to say no.”
Asked if Theresa May would have to win a Commons vote before taking action, he replied: “I think that needs to be tested.
“But I think it would be very difficult for us to say no.”
Asked if he could guarantee he’d wait for MPs’ pre-approval before launching action, he replied: “As I say, I think it would be very difficult for us to say no.
“How exactly we were able to implement that would be for the government, for the Prime Minister to decide.
“But if the Americans were once again to be forced by the actions of the Assad regime – don’t forget, it was Assad who unleashed murder upon his own citizens with weapons that were banned almost 100 years ago – if the Americans choose to act again and they ask us to help, as I say, I think it would be very difficult to say no.”