United Kingdom 'could join USA strikes on Syria' - Johnson

He added that parliament might not get a vote on the matter.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron unveiled a commitment to end rough sleeping in Britain, promising to reverse the Government's withdrawal of housing benefit from under-21s, which he said was fuelling a homelessness "scandal".

Writing in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper, the foreign secretary said the Labour leader had little ability to deal with complex global issues like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and North Korea.

President Donald Trump ordered a cruise missile attack against a Syrian air base earlier this month in response to Assad's apparent use of a banned nerve agent against a rebel-controlled area.

"I think it would be very hard if the United States has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack..."

The personal attack on Prime Minister Theresa May's main rival has been branded 'childish'.

The United Kingdom has been involved in Syria since late 2015, when the UK Parliament approved airstrikes against terrorists as part of the US-led coalition nearly two years after voting down former Prime Minister David Cameron's motion proposing military intervention in Syria in 2013.

The United States accused the Syrian army of carrying out a 4 April attack in which almost 100 people died from poison gas.

The Foreign Secretary could not be reached for comment.

"The US responded. On that occasion they did not ask us for assistance".

There is no legal requirement on the Government to seek parliamentary approval before ordering military action but it has become convention to consult MPs, except in the event of an emergency, according to the House of Commons library.

The April attack in Syria has raised tension between Western powers and Russian Federation, which has provided military backing to Assad's government. She revealed that her 19-year-old son Oliver said of the reaction on Facebook: "They're all saying Boris has stolen our futures".

"May would be wise not to use the cover of an election to push this through".

Writing in The Sun newspaper, Johnson called Corbyn "a mutton-headed old mugwump" with "no grasp of the need for this country to be strong in the world".

Boris Johnson says that Britain would likely join the U.S.in airstrikes if Syria used chemical weapons again.

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