The UK House of Commons voted unanimously on Thursday to investigate British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over allegations that he “lead into error “ Parliament. The inquiry relates to statements he made in December about illegal Downing Street parties flouting pandemic-era lockdown rules.
The convention states that if a British Prime Minister is found to have “deceived“Parliament, he will be expected to resign.
Johnson’s Tory colleagues were given a “free vote”, meaning the instruction to vote with their conscience, or not at all, on whether to launch the inquiry.
A proposed amendment to delay the inquiry was withdrawn on Thursday when it met resistance from Tories like MP William Wrag, who said “It’s utterly depressing to be asked to defend the indefensible” and that the conservatives “must be seen to do the right thing.”
“We each have only our own limited and imperfect integrity, we can’t keep spending it on others we can’t be sure won’t let us down,he added. He referred to membership in Parliament as “singular honor” and said the legislature should strive to remain “reasonably honest”.
“I don’t want this thing to go on forever. But, frankly, I have absolutely nothing to hide,” Johnson told Sky News on Wednesday during a previously scheduled visit to India ahead of the vote.
In December, Johnson repeatedly told MPs that “all tips » was followed and “no rule broken” to covid era gatherings. Johnson admitted in January that he attended one in May 2020, and last Tuesday was fined for attending his own birthday party in June 2020, with his wife Carrie Johnson and the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. His fine marked the first time in history that the UK penalized a sitting prime minister for breaking the law.
Johnson apologized to parliament on April 19 for breaking lockdown rules, but claimed he did so out of ignorance. His Conservative colleague Mark Harper reacted by issuing a vote of no confidence. Harper joined a growing list of MPs from the ruling Conservative party who joined opposition voices in calling on the prime minister to step down, some as early as January.
Johnson said he interpreted the rallies as “work” functions and thought them exempt from the lockdown rules. At the time, Covid-19 regulations prohibited people from meeting more than one person outside their household, cutting off millions of people from in-person contact with friends and family and banning visits to sick and sick patients. dying in hospitals.
An April 12 poll by data analytics firm YouGov found fewer than one in four Britons believe they have not knowingly broken lockdown rules. More than half of respondents said they thought the prime minister should resign.
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