Former PM Theresa May refused to take part in a US operation to protect ships in the gulf

Mail Online | 8/12/2019 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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Theresa May refused to take part in a US operation to protect ships in the gulf, the US's national security adviser has said.

John Bolton is currently visiting London and said the UK's original preference was to take part in a European operation.

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But new Prime Minister Mr Johnson has reversed the previous government's policy and has now signed up to the US mission, as reported by The Sun.

Mr Bolton said: 'We were pleased PM Johnson's government has agreed to participate in Operation Sentinel, which reflects a change from the prior Government.

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'Britain's original preference was to participate in some kind of European operation in the Gulf.

'It might have had a couple of British ships in it. I'm still looking for what the European ships would do.


'We felt the proposal we were making was far more likely to be successful.'

Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is thought to have advised against the US plan, thinking Wasington's stance on Iran was too hardline.

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In his visit the US national security adviser also said the UK will be 'first in line' for a trade deal with the US - which could pursue a 'sector-by-sector' deal with Britain.

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