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LONDON – Boris Johnson apologized after admitting to attending a drink in the garden at 10 Downing Street during Britain’s first lockdown, but claimed he believed it was a ‘work event’ .
At the start of the Prime Minister’s Questions, the British Prime Minister told Parliament: “I want to apologize. I know millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices in the past 18 months. “
Johnson said he “knew the angst they went through” and acknowledged that there were things “we just didn’t fully understand”.
The Prime Minister added that on May 20, 2020, when his senior assistant Martin Reynolds called on more than 100 Downing Street employees to ‘make the most of the time’, he ‘implicitly believed it was an event professional “.
Looking back, Johnson said, he should have sent everyone home.
Labor leader Keir Starmer called his account “ridiculous” and called on Johnson to step down – a call that was quickly echoed by Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross.
Starmer described Boris Johnson as a ‘man without shame’, asking: ‘Does the Prime Minister not see why the British public thinks he is lying between his teeth?
His calls for the resignation of the Prime Minister were echoed by Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster, and other opposition MPs.
Chris Bryant of the Labor Party confronted Johnson, asking the beleaguered leader: ‘So the PM didn’t notice he was at a social event? Get out. How stupid does the Prime Minister think the British people are? “
Johnson has repeatedly said he understands the harm he has caused – but insisted it was fair to wait for an investigation into government parties, led by senior official Sue Gray, continues. He promised he would return to parliament after its conclusion.