The former Tory Attorney General Dominic Grieve, has launched a blistering attack against Boris Johnson and gave a stark warning to Conservative MPs.
Sky News asked Grieve what Johnson should say in his statement this afternoon to MPs in the House of Commons today.
The former Attorney General said, “The first thing that the Prime Minister should be doing is looking back on his record of lying in office, something which he has been doing very frequently and of which I think there is now pretty compelling evidence he has done over this incident as well.
“If that is the case, then the Prime Minister is not fit for office.
“It’s a very simple statement.
“The fact he may appeal to some sections of the electorate… some people may think it doesn’t really matter, is irrelevant. It ought to matter to parliamentarians and actually ought to matter to the Prime Minister himself.
“But as he’s an individual who has shown himself in the course of his political career to be absolutely shameless when it comes to dishonesty, I doubt it’s going to have an impact on him. So one assumes this afternoon that he will, as usual, try to wriggle out of any sense of responsibility.
“So the question is then, will Conservative MPs, who are the only people who could make this choice, decide that they do not wish to be led by somebody who is on the evidence, a serial liar?
“And this is an opportunity for them to do something about it if they wish to. If they decide not to then the Prime Minister stays in office. I have no idea how the electorate will respond to that.”
Grieve explained that there could be a large amount of Brits who now may not vote for the Conservative Party again if Johnson remains at the helm.
He said, “My impression is that quite a large number of people who are most unlikely to support the Conservative Party, again, as long as the Prime Minister is leading it.
“That’s a choice, which, as I say, is a moral choice and an ethical choice is also a rather more mercenary choice about the prime minister’s capacities as a leader.
“But what’s emerged so far in this is not flattering about either the Prime Minister’s competence or his honesty.”