UK Prime Minister Johnson apologizes for Downing Street garden party
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologized for attending a rally in the garden of his Downing Street residence during a coronavirus lockdown in May 2020, but avoided calls for his resignation.
“I want to apologize,” Johnson said on Wednesday to the Prime Minister’s questions in Westminster. “There were things we just didn’t understand and I have to take responsibility. “
Johnson said he understood the anger felt by people who made sacrifices during the covid-19 pandemic, telling Parliament: “I know the rage they feel with me, and with the government that I lead, when they think that downing Street itself, the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules. “
Asked by opposition leader Keir Starmer if he would do “the decent thing and resign”Johnson said he would not anticipate the findings of an independent inquiry into the parties in his office during the coronavirus shutdowns.
“I very much regret that we did not do things differently that night,” Johnson said. “As for his political point, I don’t think he should anticipate the outcome of the investigation.. “
(Reuters; photo: Reuters TV via REUTERS)