British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday apologized to lawmakers for attending a party at his office garden at 10 Downing Street during the lockout, but he rejected opposition calls for his resignation. AFP and Reuters reported.
“I want to apologize. I know millions of people in this country have made extraordinary sacrifices in the last 18 months. I know the suffering they have experienced. Live their lives as they wish. They think the rules on Downing Street are not being followed.” Johnson told the House of Commons of the British Parliament.
The British Prime Minister has faced criticism over a number of unrecognized parties. Last year, a photo of Johnson, his wife and other guests in the garden of the Prime Minister’s House sparked outrage. The case erupted again this week after Prime Minister Martin Reynolds leaked an email (last May) inviting more than a hundred colleagues to a party at a time when rallies were banned. In it, Reynolds wrote that guests should bring their own “pride” to the celebration. The government cabinet denied violating the anti-epidemic rules. Obviously this is not a party, but a business meeting. Johnson said the same thing over and over again.
“The PM’s headquarters are large and include a garden used to stay in the fresh air. When I went to the garden after 6 pm on May 20, 2020 – I thanked the staff and returned to my office. Keep up the good work – I believed it was a business event,” he said.Johnson announced Wednesday.
Opposition leader Khair Stormer has called on Johnson to step down. The Prime Minister responded by saying that he would wait for the results of the inquiry first and then decide on taking political responsibility from them.
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