Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

UK's Johnson Backs Government's Decision to Strike Syria With No Parl't Approval

UK's Johnson Backs Government's Decision to Strike Syria With No Parl't Approval

Speaking as he arrived at the European Union foreign affairs council, Mr Johnson said: "The action that was taken by the UK, by France and by the United States, in taking calibrated and proportionate strikes against Assad's chemical weapons capabilities, was entirely right".

The foreign secretary made the comments to the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday after reports suggested that Russian Federation could launch cyber attacks on infrastructure in the UK in response to the air strikes carried out by UK, US and French forces against the Moscow-backed Syrian regime.

"It is very important to stress it is not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria or to have a regime change", Johnson told reporters on arrival to a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

"But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons", he added.

"I'm afraid that is the unhappy corollary of this that if we say we're limiting our action to chemical weapons. then of course it follows that the rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will", Mr Johnson told BBC television.

"Futhermore, there were clearly attempts to block any proper investigation, as we say with the Russian veto at the United Nations earlier in the week".

On Friday night the US, Britain and France launched air strikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining "proof" that poisonous gas was used last weekend in Douma, killing 41 civilians.

"The Council is supportive of all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons", says the draft conclusion of the summit published by Politico EU.

". We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or elsewhere".

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Parliament should have been given a vote ahead of the strikes.

Despite describing the intervention as "successful", Britain's Foreign Minister said there were now no plans for further attacks.

"Any peaceful diplomatic solution can not be done without this first stage - very strong, robust reaction".

Mr Johnson said action had to be taken against Syria for the Douma attack during an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

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