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Boris Johnson says he didn't know his presence at a party represented a lockdown violation

Em discurso no Parlamento, premiê britânico voltou a pedir desculpas por ter participado de evento em Downing Street em junho de 2020

In a speech to Parliament, the British prime minister apologized again for having participated in an event in Downing Street in June

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19160825 19160825 The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, reiterated this Tuesday (

) in the British Parliament its apologies for the holding of parties in Downing Street, seat of the government, which violated the rules against Covid-12, which is why he was fined by the police.

“In day 12 in April, I received a fine in connection with an event in Downing Street that took place on 19 of June 2020. I paid the fine immediately and offered the British a full apology. I take this opportunity at the first available (parliamentary) session to reiterate my sincere apology to the House of Commons,” Johnson said.

The opposition leader, Labor Keir Starmer, insisted on the “resignation” of the prime minister, who also had to listen to criticism from the conservatives themselves.

Although Johnson’s speech was supposed to address the situation in Ukraine, the opposition bench received their words between shouts of “dismissal” and the prime minister opened his speech by repeating the apologies he had already apologized on video last week, when the fine was released.

After admitting that he is aware of “the pain and anger” that the festivities have caused among the population, Johnson stated that he never thought his presence at a celebration for the her birthday in one of the Downing Street salons could be violating the government’s own social distancing avia tax.

“It did not occur to me then or later that a meeting at the Cabinet Room, just before a vital Covid strategy meeting-19, could mean a violation of the rules”, declared the premier. “It was my mistake and I apologize for that, without reservation.”

At the time, due to restrictions to face the Covid pandemic 19, the limit for social gatherings in the UK it was two people from different domiciles, in an open place and keeping a distance of 2 meters.

Starmer considered the Prime Minister’s explanations “a joke”, which he accused of being “dishonest”, which is why he was reprimanded by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

For labor, a “mea culpa” would never be enough to compensate those who could not say goodbye in person to his loved ones during the pandemic, and called on the conservatives, who have a parliamentary majority, to “put the country and their consciences first and remove the prime minister from his post.”

One of the most prominent Conservative MPs, Mark Har per, publicly announced that he had lost his trust in Johnson and that he had sent a letter asking the Tories to vote to remove the prime minister.

The London Metropolitan Police are investigating 214 events in which members of the British government would have disrespected the lockdown, several of them with Johnson’s participation.

If the prime minister is fined again, the pressure on the conservative party should increase for a vote of no confidence that could remove the prime minister. In all, requests from Johnson’s party parliamentarians are required for this vote to take place .

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