The Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has joined calls for the Prime Minister to resign and also called for Parliament to be immediately recalled so MPs can hold a vote of no confidence.
It has also been reported that Boris Johnson does not know how many fines he could get for breaking the law, following news he, his wife Carrie Johnson and Rishi Sunak are all set to receive fixed penalty notices.
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A No 10 spokesman said today, “The Met Police have now explained that the FPN issued to the PM will be in relation to the following incident:
“On June 19 2020 at the Cabinet Room, 10 Downing Street, between 1,400 and 1,500 participated in a gathering of two or more people indoors in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street.”
Sir Ed said, “The country cannot have criminals and liars leading our government, especially at a time of national and international crisis.
“Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak took the country’s sacrifices for granted, while they broke the law to party in Downing Street.
“They are not fit to hold office.
“If they had a shred of decency, they would resign.
“Parliament should be recalled immediately so that MPs can hold a vote of no confidence. Conservative MPs must do their patriotic duty and kick these criminals out of Government once and for all.”
A Labour spokesperson said, “Boris Johnson promised he would give a statement to the House of Commons, so we want to hear from the prime minister at the earliest possible opportunity to give him the chance to correct his lies and tender his resignation.
“Obviously it is only the government who actually has the power to ask the Speaker to recall Parliament.”
Johnson has constantly denied that he has committed a criminal offence by holding parties in Downing Street during lockdown.
He said previously that no rules had been broken, on 1 December 2021 he said, “All guidance was followed completely in Number 10” then on 7 December 2021 Johnson said, “All guidelines were observed.”
On 8 December 2021 the Prime Minister insited “There was no party and no COVID rules were broken,” on Tuesday the Metropolitan Police issued Johnson with a fine.
On 11 February the Chancellor Rishi Sunak was asked by Sky News if he had broke the lock down rules, Sunak said, “No,” today Downing Street announced that Sunak had in fact broken the law and is set to receive a fine.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says he does not know if he will receive questions from the Met Police regarding alleged parties during lockdown, and insists he does not believe he broke lockdown rules.https://t.co/ruCSCs0LS2
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The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Tuesda afternoon he doesn’t see how somebody in Johnson’s position can “carry on” as the Prime Minister.
He added, “You can’t be a law-maker and a law-breaker. The prime minister has denied time and again that he did anything wrong.
“He has clearly broken the laws he made and asked people to follow.
“People are angry and upset. I don’t see how someone in this position can carry on.”
The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer who is Glasgow told journalists that this now “blows Boris Johnson’s defence out of the water” and also show “widespread criminality.”
Sir Keir said that “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British public.
“They must both resign.
“The Conservatives are totally unfit to govern. Britain deserves better.”
Sir Keir added, “It’s blown the Prime Minister’s defence out the water.
“He claimed to the country that all the rules were being obeyed in Downing Street where he lives, where he works, that there’d been no parties.
“It’s now clear that [there] was widespread criminality and I think this not only blows his defence but calls into further question his honesty, his integrity.
“I don’t think he’s any longer got the authority to govern.
“You can’t ask the country to comply with very difficult Covid rules whilst you’re breaking them in your own home and in your own workplace.”