Johnson of the United Kingdom apologizes for attending the Downing Street Lockdown Party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologizes for attending a social gathering in the garden of Downing Street during the first COVID-19 blockade in the UK, but admits that he violated the blockade rules. Rejected.

According to British media reports, Johnson’s chief secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited more than 100 Downing Street employees to a garden party in May 2020 to “bring their own drink.” I sent a request email.

Johnson himself and his wife Carrie attended the rally on May 20, 2020, when Britain was under strict CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus restrictions that socially ban outdoor meetings. It is said that he was in a person.

In a question from the Prime Minister at the House of Commons on January 12, Johnson acknowledged the public’s “anger” at the incident, but claimed that it was “technically within the scope of the guidance.”

He said he attended the rally for about 25 minutes to “thank the group of staff” because he “implicitly believed that this was a work event.”

“When I think about it later, I had to send everyone back inside. I had to find another way to thank them. Millions, if technically within the guidance. You must have realized that there are people, just those who don’t see it that way. “

Johnson offered to Congress his “heartfelt apology” and “people who are terribly suffering, those who are forbidden to meet loved ones at home and abroad.”

The opposition leader asked the prime minister to resign.

Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer said Johnson “ran out of the way” after “months of deception and deception.”

He said the Prime Minister’s defense was “it’s so ridiculous that he didn’t realize he was in the party, so it actually offends the British public.”

“The party is over,” Starmer said. “The only question is whether the British people will kick him out, will his party kick him out, or will he do something decent and resign?” ..

Johnson replied that Starmer should wait for the conclusions of a survey conducted by senior civil servant Sue Gray on a series of political parties reported elsewhere in Downing Street and Whitehall during the blockade.

Johnson is also facing heightened anger within his party, with Scottish Conservative Prime Minister Douglas Ross resigning on January 11 if the Prime Minister turns out to have deliberately misunderstood Congress. Said it should be.

Cabinet Minister Simon Hart admitted that there was “a lot of frustration and embarrassment” in the “partisan” line.

A Wales secretary told reporters in January, “I have never met anyone who is not deeply aware of how this affects people’s attitudes towards the smooth running of governments and countries, not just political parties.” Said. 12.12.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan