British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a questionnaire from a police investigation allegedly committing a blockade breach in Downing Street, his office confirmed on Friday.
Conservative senior lawmakers warned that it would be “very difficult” for Johnson to stay in power if police fined him.
The Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday that more than 50 police officers from Operation Hillman, a survey of 12 rallies held in Downing Street and the Cabinet Office during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus blockade, contacted more than 50 people and asked for an account. Stated. Explanation of participation in the event.
A spokesman at 10 Downing Street on Friday confirmed that Johnson had received a legal questionnaire.
“I can confirm that the Prime Minister has received the questionnaire from the Metropolitan Police Department. He will respond as needed,” he said.
Johnson, who has seven days to complete the questionnaire, is said to have attended up to six rallies, one of which was in his apartment at 11 Downing Street.
- On May 20, 2020, more than 100 staff members at 10 Downing Street were invited by Johnson’s then secretary Martin Reynolds to a “bring your own drink” garden party that night. Reportedly, about 30 or 40 people appeared. Johnson admitted that he attended the event for 25 minutes to “thank the group of staff,” but “implicitly believed that this was a work event.”
- 10 Downing Street was reportedly a surprise birthday gathering for the Prime Minister, hosted by his current wife, Carrie, admitting that staff “easily gathered” in the Cabinet Office on June 19, 2020. Then, the same night, family and friends were hosted upstairs to celebrate the opportunity.
- upon. On November 13, 2020, on the night of the fierce departure of former Johnson aide Dominic Cummings, Carrie Johnson reportedly hosted a party on the official flat at 11 Downing Street, where she and her Prime Minister live. .. A spokesman dismissed the claim as “totally nonsense,” but the prime minister was seen heading flat and reportedly heard Abba songs, including Winner Take It All, from the dwelling. ..
- On the same day, Johnson reportedly addressed the resignation of Lee Cain, then communications director and close ally of Cummings.
- On December 17, 2020, Johnson reportedly attended a meeting of departing officials “for a few minutes.”
- On January 14, 2021, Johnson reportedly attended another rally to commemorate the resignation of the two secretaries.
Downing Street did not say whether the letter was asking the Prime Minister about one or more events.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art emphasizes that contact from police does not necessarily mean that a person will be issued a fixed penal notice.
According to the rules at the time, if the Prime Minister was fined, it could be £ 200 to £ 10,000 or more, depending on how many times Met considers Johnson to be in breach of the law.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the official Conservative leader, said it was “clearly useless” to be fined by police because it meant that Johnson had violated his law.
If the prime minister was found to be in breach of the law, he was asked if he could continue to work, Duncan Smith said. inews That would be “very difficult”.
“It’s a decision made by my colleague, but I think it’s very difficult for anyone to stay after that,” he said.
“If you enact legislation, you break them, and the police decide you’ve broken them … and there’s an unedited report — two things come together,” Duncan Smith said. Gray, who led an internal investigation of the alleged party, said referring to Sue’s report. Gray was scheduled to publish her report last month, but she was significantly edited after Met was involved and asked her to make a “minimal reference” to the events being investigated by the military. Announced the version.
Johnson has promised to publish a complete report after the police investigation is over.
So far, 15 Conservative lawmakers, including a former minister, have publicly called on Johnson to resign from the party saga, while a letter calling for a distrust vote from the 1922 Backbench Tory Commission. Is believed to have been personally written.
If the Prime Minister turns out to be in breach of his own CCP virus law, or if Suley’s investigation reveals more harmful details, more are ready to do so.
Johnson reshuffled the cabinet after building a new Prime Minister’s Office and promising lawmakers to change the way the Cabinet Office works at 10 Downing Street, but Duncan Smith made more efforts to keep the Prime Minister confident. He said he needed to.
“That can’t be that, then nothing changes,” he said.
Duncan Smith said the prime minister should have a slimmer and more agile team rather than building more bureaucracy around him, urgently urging Tory voters with concrete interests from Brexit. He said he should try to reassure him.
“Where are the freeports? And they need to have proper tax exemption status. Second, deregulation, what companies want us to do, what we can do, what we should do, There are lots of taxes and so on. For example, why not reduce VAT on energy? “
The former leader believes that the Conservative government has no “until the next election” to fulfill its promise, but “last year it clearly shows that change is happening, not just. I just have this last year because of that. ” .. “
Former Commissioner Sir Blair said Johnson, now being investigated by Met, should stop being involved in the election of the next commissioner after Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick resigned on Thursday.
PA Media contributed to this report.