Friday, April 28, 2017

‘No plans to strike Assad’: May calls Johnson’s Syria airstrike comments ‘hypothetical’

Prime Minister Theresa May has talked down Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s suggestion the UK could start bombing Syrian government targets without first securing a vote in Parliament.

Johnson told the BBC on Thursday that if the US wanted to a carry out further strikes on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, such as its bombing of an airbase in the wake of a deadly chemical incident in April, the UK would find it hard to resist joining in.

The foreign secretary also suggested there would not be a parliamentary vote on the decision because it solely rested with the prime minister ....