Britain’s Johnson calls for resignation of senior conservatives over the blockade

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked to resign by a senior Conservative politician after admitting that he had attended a social gathering in the garden of Downing Street during the first blockade of COVID-19 in the UK. I did.

Johnson said in a question from the Prime Minister at the House of Commons on January 12, “I implicitly believed that this was a work event,” and said, “Thanks to the group of staff,” for about 25 minutes in the yard. Said he attended the rally.

According to British media reports, Johnson and his wife, Carrie, were among the approximately 30 people who attended the event on May 20, 2020. My own sake. “

At that time, the United Kingdom was under strict CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus regulations, banning groups from socially gathering outdoors.

Johnson apologized for attending the event, but insisted that it was “technically within the guidance.”

His spokesman later told reporters that Johnson had not received an invitation email from Reynolds.

Johnson said he should dodge the opposition’s request to resign and wait for the conclusions of a survey conducted by senior civil servant Sugley on a series of parties reported elsewhere in Downing Street and Whitehall during the blockade.

Following Johnson’s statement in parliament, several senior Conservative politicians joined the opposition and openly called on him to resign as prime minister.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, the most well-known Conservative party seeking the resignation of the prime minister, said Johnson’s position is now “no longer sustainable” and “he can continue as a conservative leader. I don’t think. “

He told STV that he had spoken to Johnson on Wednesday afternoon and explained his position to him.

Former Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw supported Ross, saying, “Given that he confirmed that he had attended a rule-breaking rally, he lost the credibility of the country.”

Holyrood’s Scottish Conservative COVID recovery spokesman Murdo Fraser also supported Ross’s position, telling Twitter that the prime minister should “lost public confidence” and resign “for the benefit of the country and the Conservatives.” wrote.

Johnson’s call for resignation is not limited to the Tories’ Scottish branch.

William Wragg, a member of the British Parliament who chairs the Public Service and Constitutional Commission, told the BBC that the prime minister’s position was “unsupportable” and that “a series of unforced mistakes has severely affected the party’s perception. Is giving. “

Another British parliamentarian and prominent critic of Johnson, Sir Roger Gale, said it was already clear that the prime minister had misunderstood parliamentarians and was a politically “walking dead.”

However, ministers rallyed in support of Johnson.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said Mr Johnson “clearly believed he was acting according to the rules of the time.”

“I fully support the Prime Minister and I am confident he will continue for years to come,” he told the BBC.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said Johnson “did the right thing by apologizing” and “needs to complete the investigation.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan