Boris Johnson has been branded a “national embarrassment” after being accused by Labour for becoming the first British Prime Minister to be “questioned under police caution.”
On Tuesday evening ITV New received a leaked copy of the Metropolitan Police questionnaire over the partygate allegations as they are investigating 12 events.
The Prime Minister completed his questionnaire into the alleged parties which took place in Downing Street and Whitehall.
The questionnaire shared by ITV News appear to show a police caution advising those receiving the documents that they “do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention we questioned something which you later rely on in court.”
Those responding were advised to “ensure the caution is read and understand prior to any answers to questions being provided.”
According to ITV News, the document states that those who were alleged to have participated in the partygate saga are being provided with the “opportunity to cooperate with police in the form of a written statement under caution.”
The document says there are three ways to respond to the questionnaire, Remain silent and answer no questions, provide an answer to the written questions in the attached document or provide a prepared statement in your own words.
There was around a dozen questions being asked including if the person had participated in a gathering on a specific date, what was the purpose of that participation, and whether or not the person interacted with anyone else at the gathering.
ITV News said the document also provides those with an opportunity to justify their actions, asking, “What, if any, lawful exception applied to the gathering and/or what reasonable excuse did you have for participating in the gathering?”
Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said, “It is frankly a national embarrassment that Boris Johnson is now the first Prime Minister in British history to be questioned under police caution.
“How on earth can he stay on and claim to uphold British law and order after this?”