UK PM Boris Johnson apologises for anger over Prohibition party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Uxbridge in west London on January 10, 2022.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on Wednesday after admitting he attended a “bring your own drink” garden party in Downing Street in May 2020.

The bombshell revelations sparked a public backlash and shook Johnson again as prime minister.

Multiple reports cited witnesses as saying he and his wife, Carrie Johnson, were present at the event, and lawmakers from across the political spectrum were demanding answers on Wednesday’s prime minister’s question.

Opposition Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner has suggested his position would be “untenable” if Johnson was in the party and he lied about it. Rayner also called on the Metropolitan Police to investigate the allegations. The Met said it was in talks with the Cabinet Office.

Some MPs in the ruling Conservative Party have called for Johnson to resign if he is found to have broken strict laws enacted by his own government to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Johnson has previously said he could not comment on the allegations until senior administration official Sue Gray has completed an internal investigation.

Details of the party first emerged on Monday when BBC ITV post Leaked emails from Johnson’s chief private secretary, Martin Reynolds.

From 6pm on 20 May 2020, the email invites more than 100 Downing Street staff to “make the most of this lovely weather and have some socially distanced drinks in Garden 10”. This email was sent when the blocking rule was in effect. Large outdoor gatherings are banned in England.

Reynolds signed the email by inviting employees to “bring your own wine!”

Less than an hour before the Downing Street parade, then-culture minister Oliver Dowden held a daily Covid press conference, reminding the public that they could only meet in pairs outdoors.

sky news report The Prime Minister and Carrie Johnson both showed up at Downing Street Gardens on May 20 with about 40 staff. A spokesman for Johnson declined to comment on details.

This comes after Johnson and his officials brought a series of other charges against parties for breaking rules in Downing Street, as well as a series of other separate scandals, including the government awarding lucrative Covid contracts and Refurbishment of Johnson Downing Street apartments.

The beginning of Johnson’s doom?

“It’s important to note that this is not the only source of frustration within the Conservative Party of Boris Johnson’s leadership,” University of Kent political science professor Matthew Goodwin told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” on Wednesday. .”

Goodwin cited the Conservative backbench’s dissatisfaction with what they see as a failure to get the most out of Brexit, unease over the move to raise taxes and a lack of strategy on “escalation” – a political slogan Johnson has often used referring to him Work to improve infrastructure in the north of England.

What’s more, rising global wholesale gas prices and soaring inflation are further pressures on Johnson’s government.

“It’s not necessarily the end, but for Boris Johnson it’s starting to feel like the beginning of the end,” Goodwin said.

“There’s always been a question mark about Boris Johnson being prime minister, firstly whether he really has a vision for his prime ministership, secondly [whether he] Possess the leadership skills needed to be prime minister. If these two things do collide, he will likely resign within a few weeks,” he added.

“Certainly it would throw British politics back into the mess we’ve just gotten used to thinking we’ve been left behind.”

A screenshot of Oliver Dowden, Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, during a Covid media briefing in Downing Street, London, May 20, 2020.

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However, not everyone is convinced that the latest disclosure could mean Johnson’s days in office are numbered.

Eurasia Group managing director Mujtaba Rahman said that while the “party gate” had put a lot of pressure on Johnson, increasing the chances of him being replaced in the second half of the year, the chances of the prime minister recovering and succeeding remained the same. very large. by 2022.

“The fallout from this latest scandal will reverberate for some time and surviving the party report on No. 10 will be Johnson’s priority right now,” Rahman said.

“But Johnson’s greatest asset remains his uncanny ability to bounce back. Even his critics acknowledge that the parliamentary party must be sure before they oust a big man who has repeatedly shown he is doing well in elections,” he added.