END Boris Johnson flew to Ukraine yesterday as Partygate goods boiled back home – and insists he will take over if he receives a fine from Covid.
However, the Prime Minister refused to say that he would resign if found to have broken his own lockdown rules.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, he admitted if he was bullied by police at Downing Street parties, he “didn’t believe it would be a secret for long”.
He said while on a trip to Ukraine under threat of invasion – as MPs announced he was scared of the chaos in Westminster and “worried” to Kiev.
This is his first interview since Whitehall official Sue Gray highlighted the “failure of leadership” in Downing Street in a report published in part in Partygate.
The Prime Minister insists he has told Parliament all he needs to say on the subject now during two hours of intense interrogation from MPs on Monday.
Denying him asking tough questions, the Prime Minister insisted “I didn’t say that, what are you talking about?”
When asked repeatedly about Partygate, he insisted: “I can’t really comment on that until the process is over.”
Then he went on to state “you will have to wait for this process”.
Asked if he had spoken to the police or expected to speak to them, the Prime Minister said: “We need to let the process continue.”
When asked if he could survive a fine from the police for breaking his own rules, he insisted: “There is a process underway, it would be a mistake if I did. interrupt that..
“We asked him if he was going to amend the incorrect statements made to the Commons last year that there were no parties and that all Covid guidelines were correctly followed in No10. Johnson said again: “You have to wait for the process. “
The Prime Minister’s anxiety comes as it emerges that the names of No10 employees and senior civil servants found to have breached Covid rules can be kept secret forever.
While acknowledging there is a “significant public interest” in the UK in knowing whether Boris broke the law, Downing Street said it did not plan to name anyone else fined in the investigation.
The Met has ruled out naming the violators, and government insiders said Gray’s full report is not expected to be named.
The PM’s high-stakes move to protect his staff has created a new row with his restless MPs who hold his fate in their own hands.
Tory senior Mark Harper said: “I think special counsels, senior members of the civil service and ministers should disclose if they have received a fixed penalty notice for any conduct. any crime that Sue Gray investigated.
“They are seniors and have to be responsible.”
‘HELP FOR ACCOUNT’
The Sun newspaper yesterday reported how the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie faced questioning as police investigated 12 parties, including one party believed to have played Abba music.
Eager to change the subject on the flight, Mr Johnson turned his attention to Ukraine.
He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “aiming a gun” at Ukraine’s head with 125,000 Russian troops massed on the border as part of an effort to divide Europe.
“I think the people of this country care enough about what is happening in Ukraine and they know the UK has a leading role to play in helping the Ukrainian people,” he said.
Comparing Putin to communist tyrant Stalin, the Prime Minister accused the Russian leader of looking for “a new Yalta, a new region of Europe” like the 1945 summit that portrayed the post-war continent. .
A planned call with Putin was delayed again yesterday after being canceled on Monday after Gray’s report was partially released.
“Russia has an overwhelming obsession and belief that she is surrounded and threatened by Nato,” he said. That is simply not the case.”
He said he will tell Putin when they finally speak today: “Recall the time when Britain and Russia stood side by side in the fight against fascism.
“There is no reason for this hostility.”
Offering an olive branch, he added the “anxieties” Putin had about placing missiles on Ukrainian territory could be “resolved easily”.
‘NO REASON FOR HOSTILITY Possibility’
However, he warned the sanctions would be “like a steel trap in the event of the first Russian fishing vessel passing through more sovereign Ukrainian territory.”
Yesterday, two more Tory MPs called for Boris to resign amid a police investigation into the formation of dozens of parties.
Peter Aldous, who represents Waveney, wrote on Twitter: “After a lot of soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that the Prime Minister should resign.”
He said he had “written to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of Backbench Conservative MPs advising him that I did not trust the Prime Minister as Leader of the Conservative Party”.
Charles Walker, who represents Broxbourne, Herts, told Channel 4 that the Prime Minister’s resignation will help the country recover.
Tory’s Andrew Mitchell said the Partygate scandal is eating away at the Tories “like battery acid” and threatens to destroy the party forever unless Bojo is ousted now.
The Prime Minister has promised to release the full, uncensored Gray report once the police investigation is over.
His former assistant Dominic Cummings claimed on the aa blog that there were “photographs of the Prime Minister at parties under investigation” – including at his own Downing Street flat.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8300111/boris-johnson-ukraine-partygate/ I will reveal if I get the Covid fine says Boris but refuses to say if he will resign