British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, were fined Tuesday by police for attending illegal parties in Downing Street during the pandemic. After the information became known, several people have called for their resignations.
Carrie Johnson, the wife of the head of government and mother of his two youngest children, will also receive a sanction, among some fifty penalties already issued by Scotland Yard. The political opposition has called for the immediate dismissal of Johnson and Sunak over the situation.
Johnson, who has become the first serving head of government in the United Kingdom to be sanctioned for breaking the law, this afternoon expressed apologies for skirting the rules, but pushed back the possibility of resigning from office. “I will take forward that task with due humility but with maximum determination to fulfil my duty and do what is best for the country I serve,” he said.
The fines that both the prime minister and his wife have already paid amount to 50 pounds each (60 euros), according to British media.
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Boris Johnson and the sanction
The prime minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have today received notices that the Metropolitan Police (MET) intends to impose a fine for breaking the rules of the confinements, a government spokesman said today.
The MET later specified that Johnson will be sanctioned for attending on June 19, 2020 at the Cabinet Office a party for his 56th birthday, allegedly organized by his wife, who this Tuesday apologized “unreservedly” for that event and admitted that she has paid the penalty.
Scotland Yard said it has issued a total of more than 50 fines in relation to 12 events organized in 2020 and 2021 both at Downing Street, where the prime minister’s official residence and office are located, and at other government buildings, including at least three allegedly attended by the chief executive.