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British police have announced the opening of an investigation after the revelation concerning the holding of several parties in Downing Street in the midst of confinement. Implicated in this affair, Boris Johnson intends to cooperate in the investigations.

The situation is complicated for Boris Johnson. Seizing on the “Partygate” scandal, the British police announced on January 25 that they had opened an investigation into several parties organized in Downing Street during periods of confinement. This scandal risks costing the British Prime Minister his post.

London Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick has announced that her officers are currently investigating a number of “events” at the Prime Minister’s residence and Whitehall, the street that hosts the senior administration, at which ” potential violations of the rules related to Covid-19” would have taken place.

The Metropolitan Police had until then been criticized for their silence about the revelations that have multiplied in recent weeks about these garden parties, farewell parties or birthday parties involving senior officials, who have pissed off the British, forced by law at the time to drastically restrict their contacts.

In front of the House of Commons, Boris Johnson welcomed this investigation, believing that “it will give the public the clarity it needs and help put these questions behind us”. His spokesman had previously assured that he would “cooperate fully” with these investigations. “The prime minister is fully aware of the public anger and concern,” he said, adding that he took “responsibility for the errors of judgment made.”

If this investigation promises to be fraught with risks for the Prime Minister, it makes less immediate the threat of the internal investigations already carried out by the senior civil servant Sue Gray and which were to be published this week. If this procedure continues, it suspends its investigation into the subjects on which the police are looking. Its conclusions, expected by many elected Conservatives to decide whether or not to dislodge Boris Johnson, are therefore postponed to a later date. It takes 54 Conservative MPs to trigger a vote of no confidence.

Boris Johnson in the hot seat?

The Prime Minister is going through his worst crisis since his triumphant accession to power in the summer of 2019, with his popularity plummeting, and MPs from his majority who openly say they want to dislodge him. Criticized for this scandal, the Prime Minister clings for the moment to his post. He announced the lifting of the last Covid-related restrictions from January 27, hoping to regain popularity in a country subject to long confinements.

On January 12, Boris Johnson had certainly apologized to the deputies for his participation, on May 20, 2020, in an event in the gardens of his official residence, assuring that he thought he was respecting the rules. However, the flood of revelations continues. Latest: the organization of a party organized by his future wife Carrie in the hall of the council of ministers on the occasion of his birthday on June 19, 2020 afternoon, in full confinement.

According to the ITV channel, nearly 30 people took part, including interior designer Lulu Lytle, responsible for carrying out the expensive renovation of Boris Johnson’s apartment at 10 Downing Street with controversial funding. The Prime Minister’s Office admits a ‘brief gathering’, with a spokeswoman saying Boris Johnson attended for ‘less than ten minutes’.

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