Boris Johnson admits to having attended party during lockdown and apologizes

O primeiro-ministro britânico Boris Johnson pediu desculpas por ter participado de festa enquanto o país obedecia regras rígidas de confinamento

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized for having attended a party while the country obeyed strict confinement rules| Photo: EFE/EPA/UK PARLIAMENTARY RECORDING UNIT

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted he attended a party while the UK was under lockdown and apologized, although it argued that the meeting “technically” did not break the rules.

“I want to apologize. I know that millions of people across the country have made extraordinary sacrifices in the past 12 months,” Johnson said as he began his speech to Parliament on Wednesday. (01).

Johnson has faced a wave of criticism in the country, which even extends to members of his party, after the leak of an invitation to a garden party at his official residence in Downing Street in

from May of 2022.

At the time, due to restrictions to face the Covid pandemic-19, the limit for social gatherings in the UK was for two people from different households, in a public place and keeping a distance of 2 meters.

“When I went to the garden after six o’clock in 20 from May of 2020, to thank teams and then return to my office 25 minutes later to continue working, I implicitly believed that it was a work event,” said the Prime Minister in his speech.

According to Johnson , “in hindsight”, he should “have sent them all back inside”.

Criticism began when the ITV broadcaster announced that an email inviting For the party was sent by the Prime Minister’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds, to about 40 people, with the recommendation to “bring your own drink”. On Tuesday (11), the British press reported that Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, attended the event.

The leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, did not accept the version of events narrated by the prime minister. “The only question is, will the British people expel him, will his party expel him or will he do the decent thing and resign?”

The prime minister had already aroused criticism last year, with the revelation of a 2020 Christmas party in Downing Street, but Johnson assured British MPs that at the time “all guidelines (safety to avoid contagions) were strictly followed”.