British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted that he attended the party held in the Downing Street garden “for 25 minutes” believing it was “a business event” and then left on his way back to his office. But “in hindsight I should have stopped the event” and “send the staff back inside” the Downing Street office, he said, reporting before the House of Commons. Johnson – whose slightly embarrassed apology is on the cover of Times – admitted having participated in the “indicted” party on May 20, 2020 in the garden of Downing Street, stating that he stayed for about 25 minutes, in order to “thank the staff”, then officials and collaborators present.
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“I implicitly believed that it was a business event,” he added to reduce the scale of the scandal. But “I should have found another way to thank them by recognizing that there would be millions and millions of people who simply wouldn’t see it that way.” Not only that, the prime minister recalled that 10 Downing Street is used with his garden as a sort of extension of the workspace, especially in a period in which the spread of the coronavirus must be countered and therefore it is recommended to stay at the open air. However, Johnson repeated several times his heartfelt apologies for the incident and remembered the millions of people who suffered from the coronavirus in the UK and consequently also the restrictions introduced that prevented many from being close to their loved ones.
Attack by Labor
Labor leader Keir Starmer attacked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recalling that Health Minister Matt Hancock resigned when he violated the rules, as did spokeswoman Allegra Stratton. And he asked why the Downing Street boss thinks the rules don’t apply to him. BoJo avoided the question and urged the Labor leader to “wait before jumping to conclusions by explaining that” a lawyer should respect the ongoing investigation into the facts. “