Johnson denies allegations of lying while apologizing for “wrong decisions”

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Boris Johnson faces criticism for hosting a Corona party during lockdown in England © Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP

The British Prime Minister has denied allegations that he lied about the “Partygate” affair.

LONDON – The British Prime Minister has denied allegations that he lied about the “Partygate” affair. “Certainly no one” drew his attention to the fact that an event in May 2020 in the garden of his office could violate the corona requirements in force at the time, Johnson asserted in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday. He emphasized again that he had assumed a working meeting. At the same time, Johnson apologized “for any wrong decisions that were made”. When asked to resign, he replied that the result of an internal report had to be awaited first.

Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings accused him on Monday evening of lying in parliament when he denied any knowledge of lockdown parties at the seat of government. Last week, the Prime Minister admitted in Parliament that he was present at an event with dozens of employees in the garden of 10 Downing Street in May 2020. Cummings, on the other hand, stated that he had expressly pointed out to Johnson in advance that the event was a breach of the lockdown rules. He and one other person are even willing to testify under oath.

Johnson also expressed regret over two parties that took place in April 2021 on the eve of Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip’s funeral. “I deeply and bitterly regret these decisions. I can only reiterate my apologies to the Queen and the country,” Johnson said. (dpa)

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