London wants war against Assad – with or without parliamentary approval

Foreign secretary suggested UK could join US action in Syria without parliamentary approval

Boris Johnson has signalled the UK could join any US military action against Syria without parliamentary approval, prompting an outcry from politicians from across the spectrum.

Johnson said he and the prime minister agreed that in the event of another chemical attack by the Assad regime, it would be hard for the UK to refuse any request from the US to join airstrikes.

“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 is with submarine cruise missiles in the Med or whatever it happens to 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,” told the BBC.