Boris Johnson resigned from his mandate as an MP on Friday June 9, citing the parliamentary inquiry into “partygate”, the parties organized in Downing Street in violation of the health restrictions in force during the Covid-19 epidemic.
The 58-year-old former British prime minister announced that his decision would take effect immediately. It will give rise to a by-election which will add a little more to the political pressure exerted on his successor, Rishi Sunak.
The drunken parties in Downing Street during the epidemic, revealed in the press over several months, had angered the British. Then strictly confined, they had denounced an intolerable “double weight, two measures”.
The House Committee investigating the matter, accused by Mr Johnson’s supporters of embarking on a witch hunt, must determine whether he deliberately lied to the House of Commons, including when he claimed in December 2021 before the deputies that “the rules were always respected” during the health crisis.
The World with AFP