The UK House of Commons voted unanimously on Thursday to investigate UK premier Boris Johnson over allegations that he “misled” Parliament. He made statements in December regarding illegal Downing Street parties, which flouted lockdown rules during the Pandemic Era.
Convention states that the UK’s prime minister must have been found guilty of having “misled” Parliament, he will be expected to step down.
Johnson’s fellow Conservatives were given a “free vote,” meaning instructed to vote with their conscience, or not at all, on whether to launch the investigation.
On Thursday, a proposed amendment that would delay the inquiry was pulled after it came up against resistance from Conservatives such as MP William Wrag. “it is utterly depressing to be asked to defend the indefensible”And that Conservatives “must be seen to do the right thing.”
“We each only have our own limited and imperfect integrity, we can’t keep spending it on others who we cannot be sure won’t let us down,” he added. He described membership in Parliament as a “religious obligation”. “singular honor”And he suggested that the legislature should try to stay. “reasonably honest.”
“I don’t want this thing to endlessly go on. But, I have absolutely nothing, frankly, to hide,”Johnson spoke with Sky News during Wednesday’s scheduled visit to India before the vote.
Back in December, Johnson had repeatedly told MPs that “all guidance”It was also followed. “no rules broken”The covid-era parties. Johnson admitted in January that he’d attended one in May of 2020, and last Tuesday received a fine for attendance at his own birthday party in June 2020, along with wife Carrie Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. This was the first time that the UK has ever punished a sitting prime minster for violating the law.
Johnson, who had violated the lockdown rules on April 19, apologized before Parliament but said that he was ignorant of what he had done. Mark Harper, another Conservative MP, responded by issuing an expression of confidence. Harper joins a growing group of Conservative Party MPs calling on the Prime Minster to resign.
Johnson stated that he had understood the gatherings to be “work”They considered them to be exempted from the lockdown regulations. Covid-19 regulations at the time made it unlawful for individuals to see more than one person from their household. It also prohibited people visiting sick or dying patients in hospital.
An April 12 poll by data analytics company YouGov found that fewer than one in four Britons believe that he didn’t knowingly break the lockdown rules. Over half the respondents believed that the PM should be fired.
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