UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has openly apologized on Monday after the release of a report claiming he flouted lockdown restrictions, which were imposed by his government to curb the spread of coronavirus several months back.
The reports which were published by Sue Gray centered on four gatherings in 2020 and 2021. The events in focus included a birthday party organized at Downing Street for Boris Johnson in June 2020, and two other gatherings on the eve of Prince Phillip’s funeral in April 2021.
Johnson who said ‘sorry’ in his statement on Monday, also promised to ‘fix it’, assuring the British people that he and his government can be trusted.
Sue Gray’s ‘partygate’ report which termed the findings as a ‘serious failure’ on the part of Johnson and his government, has also sparked a series of police investigations into several other related events.
It has also spurred Conservative lawmakers to demand for Boris Johnson’s resignation, with the governing party said to be distorted at the moment.
The opposition party has also accused the Prime Minister’s government of trying to downplay the restriction-flouting reports that could lead to the ousting of Johnson by his own party. However, the PM has rebuffed calls to step down from opposition politicians and some of his own lawmakers.
Boris Johnson however rejected calls to resign but promised a massive Cabinet Shake up in Dawning Street, within the coming days.
“We are making changes now to the way Downing Street and the Cabinet Office run so that we can get on with the job that I was elected to do and the job that this Government was elected to do,” He said while speaking to the House of Commons on Monday.
Sue Gray’s findings also highlights twelve other related events in the last two years. They were however withheld by the Met Police, who are currently investigating what could be the most serious breach of coronavirus restrictions in the country.