Britain’s Johnson Refuses To Resign Over COVID Parties
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
LONDON (Worthy News) – Britain’s embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will not resign despite mounting outrage over parties in his residence during a coronavirus lockdown when many could not visit dying loved ones in care homes.
Johnson, who has apologized, vowed to fight as prime minister after facing fresh calls to quit.
Legislators were still waiting to see the findings of civil servant Sue Gray’s inquiry into the events, which had been expected on Wednesday.
Separately, the Metropolitan Police have launched an inquiry into potential Covid-law breaking in Downing Street after being handed details of parties by Sue Gray.
At the center are allegations that Johnson and his staff flouted restrictions — that they imposed on the country in 2020 and 2021 to curb the spread of COVID-19 — with “bring your own booze” office parties, birthday celebrations, and “wine time Fridays.”
Johnson has apologized for attending one “bring your own booze” event in the garden of his Downing Street offices in May 2020 but said he had considered it a work gathering that fell within the rules.
Downing Street has said it is their “intention” to publish the report on the parties in the format in which Johnson receives it.
As he fights for his political life, Johnson has pledged to lift almost all remaining coronavirus restrictions in England, hoping to stanch a devastating loss of support over charges he lied about the events during lockdowns.
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