A much-anticipated UK government investigation into Downing Street’s claims of lockdown parties was delivered to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, leading to a scandal that threatens his political future. .
The submission of the report is a pivotal moment for Mr Johnson, who is also the subject of a separate Metropolitan Police investigation into rule-breaking at Downing Street during pandemic crackdowns over the past two years. and is fighting for his political survival.
While its findings may cause further damage to Mr Johnson, the report is expected to be redacted after Police confirmed last week that they asked to withhold material details to avoid influencing their own investigation. A spokesman for Mr Johnson’s cabinet confirmed he had received an “update” on the investigation, signaling that much of the report had been redacted.
The report is expected to be published late Monday. Mr Johnson is working on the report and is expected to make a statement before Parliament in the afternoon.
However, the details in the report, prepared by a senior civil servant, Gray, could prompt Conservative lawmakers to trigger a vote of no confidence that could see Mr Johnson removed from power. That raises the unusual prospect of the prime minister being forced to resign less than two years after winning a landslide election for his party in December 2019.
Since the scandal broke late last year, the Conservative Party’s poll ratings have plummeted as voters reacted furiously to those who made reports violating strict coronavirus rules. At the time of several gatherings in Downing Street and other government offices, people in the UK were prevented from holding family gatherings or even saying final goodbyes to loved ones. dying.
Mr Johnson’s position is also vulnerable as he is accused of lying to Parliament about what he knows, which is often seen as a matter of resignation.
To trigger a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson, 54 Conservative members of Parliament must write a formal letter of protest to one of their senior colleagues, and the confidential nature of This process means that only some people will know how many letters there are. send until the threshold is reached. The prime minister would then need the backing of at least half of his own lawmakers to survive a vote.
So far, only a handful of Conservative lawmakers have publicly said they have written to demand a motion of no confidence in Mr Johnson.
But many Conservative lawmakers appear to be waiting to see Mrs Gray’s report before deciding whether to try to end Mr Johnson’s eventful prime ministership.
Mr Johnson initially asked Simon Case, the head of the civil service, to investigate allegations about the parties which at that stage mainly involved Mr Johnson’s employees. But to his embarrassment, Mr. Case had to repeat himself when he discovered that an event had taken place in his office.
Mrs. Gray then took over, only to find himself investigating not only the behavior of officials but also that of the prime minister.
The crisis worsened on Tuesday for Mr Johnson when the Metropolitan Police said based on information Mrs Gray had revealed and shared with them, it would open an investigation into the parties at Downing Street.
The police have long rejected calls to join them, despite calls from opposition politicians, so the announcement from Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police of London, shows that the statements Serious questions have been raised from Mrs. Grey’s investigation.
But after the police requested that some details be removed from the report Because of their own investigation, critics allege they intervened at the wrong time that could allow Mr Johnson to escape sentence for the one-sided rules he has imposed on others.
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