Johnson apologizes to Queen Elizabeth after ‘Downing Street’ scandal

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office today (Friday) apologized to Queen Elizabeth II after the Downing Street late-night party scandal on the eve of her husband Philip’s funeral, as the country was the subject of closure measures and prevented gatherings inside buildings.

Johnson is currently facing the most critical crisis during his tenure as Prime Minister, after a series of gatherings were revealed in Downing Street during the general shutdown and ban imposed to limit the spread of the Corona virus , at a time when it was perhaps impossible for the ordinary citizen. say goodbye to a dying soon.

As Britain’s Queen attended her sad husband’s funeral ceremony alone, Johnson’s team attended a party at her headquarters in Downing Street, at a time when members of different families gathered at the Inside closed places was forbidden.

After Johnson won a landslide election victory in 2019, he came out last Wednesday to apologize after a party at his official residence during Britain’s first Corona lockdown. He admitted that he was present at the ceremony.

The Telegraph said two other drinks parties also took place in Downing Street on April 16, 2021, when there were restrictions on social gatherings, whether in closed or open spaces. She said Johnson was at his country residence in Checkers that day.

The next day, Queen Elizabeth said goodbye to her husband Philip, who died at the age of 99.

Dressed in black and her face covered in deep sadness, the 95-year-old stood alone with her head bowed as the body of her 73-year-old companion was lowered into the Royal Hall of St George’s Chapel.

Downing Street was very different. The Telegraph said Johnson’s team went to a nearby store to buy drinks and used a laptop to play music, and a swing used by Johnson’s young son broke down .

Johnson’s opponents have demanded his resignation, casting him in the image of a two-faced man demanding the people abide by some of the most painful peacetime rules while his team frolics.

A small but growing number of members of Johnson’s Conservative Party have joined in these demands, fearing the events could damage the party’s electoral prospects.

As for Johnson himself (57), he gave multiple testimonies about these parties, ranging from denial that he had broken the rules to understanding anger at what appeared to be hypocrisy at the heart of the party. British State.

“Real mistakes were made,” said Secretary of State Liz Truss, seen as a potential successor to Johnson.

To launch a race for the leadership of the Conservative Party and then for the post of Prime Minister, 54 of the party’s 360 MPs must write letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister to the chairman of the relevant party committee.

One of the celebrations held in Downing Street in April 2021 was to honor James Slack, the former communications director, who said on Friday he wanted to “unreservedly apologize for the outrage and abuse raised”.

Slack, who is now deputy editor of The Sun, said in a statement that the rally “shouldn’t have happened when it happened.”

And when a Downing Street spokesperson was asked about news of the parties being held the day before Prince Philip’s funeral, he said Slack “gave a farewell speech to his colleagues in which he thanked each of them. them for their support whether they are in the office at work or through the screen for those working from home.” .

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