Boris Johnson Fined For Downing Street Parties During The Pandemic

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife, Carrie Johnson, and his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will be fined for having participated in Downing Street parties when the pandemic restrictions were in force, a spokeswoman for the chief confirmed on Tuesday. of government.


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“The prime minister and the economy minister have today received [este martes] notification that the Metropolitan Police intends to issue them fixed fine notices. We do not have more details, but we will inform you again when we have them, ”said the spokeswoman, according to what she collects Guardian.

Johnson’s wife’s spokeswoman has confirmed that she will also be fined. “In the interest of transparency, Ms. Johnson can confirm that she has been notified that she will receive a fine,” said the spokeswoman, who added that she had no further details about the fine.

Downing Street has not wanted to say, according to Guardianwhether Johnson and Sunak will contest the fines – which are likely to be between 20 and 50 pounds (between 24 and 60 euros) – or pay them directly.

The London Metropolitan Police (Met) has reported this Tuesday that it has already issued more than 50 sanctions to government employees for breaking the COVID-19 regulations.

In your statementthe Met, also known as Scotland Yard, explains that, after examining the evidence, it has sent some fifty files to the Criminal History Office (ACRO, in English), responsible for sending the sanctions to the individuals involved, who, In turn, they have 28 days to pay or refute them.

The Police, which analyzes twelve celebrations out of twenty organized, indicates that “it continues to investigate t he matter with haste” and does not rule out imposing more economic penalties in the coming weeks.

The prime minister had previously admitted that he himself attended some of the events at the Downing Street government complex, where his official residence and office are located, although he has denied that pandemic rules were breached.

In addition to the police investigation, the official Sue Gray made another internal one, whose conclusions she has not yet published in full, although she did condemn the reprehensible internal culture of the Government.

Labor leader Keir Starmer has said Johnson and Sunak should resign. “They have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public. They should both resign,” Starmer said. “Conservatives are totally incapable of governing. Britain deserves better,” he added.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also called for both to resign and Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey has called for parliament to be convened for a confidence vote against Johnson.

The fines could spark new speculation about Johnson’s leadership, after earlier this year he faced strong criticism and calls to resign from within his own party over the scandal. According to Guardian, it is believed that between 20 and 30 Conservative MPs submitted letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister to activate the procedure of a question of confidence. 54 were needed.

Even David Davis, a historical ‘Tory’ and former Brexit minister, even told Johnson last January “For God’s sake, go away.”

Sunak, who had positioned himself as the conservative leader’s successor, is also in a delicate position after the information published in recent days by British media. According to these, the minister kept his US resident card for up to a year after taking office and continued to file tax returns with US authorities until then.



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