LONDON – Fighting to save his job, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday insisted that he “absolutely not” delayed the publication of a report on a career-threatening scandal over parties held in Downing Street during the lockdown.
“I’m afraid you have to let the independent investigations continue,” Mr Johnson said during a visit to Wales, where he posed for the media in a hard coat and hat, explaining why The much-anticipated report has yet to be released. When asked if it would be published in full, he replied: “of course.”
Back in London, the content of a document that could force Mr Johnson to step down from power on Thursday was the subject of an unusual controversy, the outcome of which could decide the prime minister’s fate.
After being briefed on the findings of Gray, a senior government official, into the swirl of charges engulfing Downing Street, London Metropolitan Police on Tuesday launch your own investigation about the possibility of breaking the law at Mr Johnson’s home and office.
And, while it was a blow to Mr Johnson, it could well have thrown him an unlikely end – even if it was only temporary.
At Downing Street’s request, Ms Gray is now removing from her documents any material that police believe could affect their investigation into more serious cases that she has discovered. may have violated the law. Only when that is done will the report be delivered to Mr Johnson and then published.
“If Gray’s report doesn’t include all of the documents that police consider serious, and the only material reported and released is relatively anodyne, then Boris Johnson will be able to say: ‘nothing at all. here,'” Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government Studies, who once led an official committee on standards.
“For those who want this to end with Boris Johnson’s departure, the potential for the trigger lies in the cumulative volume of evidence,” she said. “If it is separated and a mass of material is removed, the feeling is not as severe.”
Mr Johnson is well-married because many Conservative lawmakers are awaiting Ms Gray’s document before deciding whether to push for a motion of no confidence against the prime minister.
He was accused of misleading Congress – often a matter of resignation – about what he knew about a series of gatherings in Downing Street was covered by the British press.
Initially insisting that all coronavirus rules were followed in Downing Street, earlier this month Mr Johnson admitted that he had attended an event in his garden in May 2020 during a meeting. Strict door lock, which about 100 people are encouraged to “bring your own alcohol. Mr Johnson apologized but said he thought he was attending a work event.
More damaging allegations have surfaced, including one celebrating a birthday for Mr Johnson, and a happy party held in absentia by its staff on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. At that event, a suitcase used to carry alcohol into Downing Street, a discotheque set up in the Downing Street basement and Mr Johnson’s toddler son’s garden swing were stolen by an intruder. have fun breaking, as reported by the media.
To secure a motion of no confidence, 54 Conservative lawmakers needed to write to a senior colleague asking for a motion. Because the process is conducted in secret, it is unclear how many such letters have been sent, and only a handful of members of Parliament have said they have sent one.
For Mr Johnson’s enemies there are also complicated calculations. If they trigger a vote of no confidence, Mr Johnson would then have to win a simple majority in a vote of all lawmakers from his Conservative Party to keep his post.
But surviving that would keep Mr Johnson safe from the challenge for another year unless the rules are changed. This week, allies of the prime minister resisted a plan to reduce that deadline from one year to six months.
Some critics of the prime minister may think they have a better chance of deporting him if they wait for the results of the police investigation and watch the Conservative Party poll in the local election. How is the month of May?
However, it can take the police months to complete their work and there is no guarantee that the material removed from Mrs Gray’s report will be made public. The Conservatives have been hit hard by the scandal within the party in the opinion polls, and Mr Johnson’s own approval rating has plummeted, so some critics want to remove him quickly.
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While Mrs Gray’s team and the Metropolitan Police bargained over what was accurate in her report, Mr Johnson worked hard to bolster his lawmakers’ support.
Loyalists rallied around him and he held meetings with wavering legislators. A senior minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, warned Mr Johnson’s critics that his removal could lead to a general election, a prospect considered unlikely for now, but possibly warning reported to some lawmakers that the party was leading in opinion polls. .
Support for the prime minister seems to have stabilized somewhat but, even with some of the most damning short of evidence, Mrs Gray’s report could still be damaging enough to spur a serious push. to oust Mr Johnson. If little information appears in the document, it may raise suspicion that the findings have been extinguished.
However, Mr Johnson’s fate may depend on complicated negotiations currently underway between a senior civil servant, Mrs Grey, and the Metropolitan Police.
Ms White said: “The fact that the police intervened at the time they did could be quite fortunate for Boris Johnson as it allows time for the anger to dissipate.
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