ROUNDUP / ‘The party is over’: Johnson under pressure like never before because of garden party

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10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister’s residence in London. © palinchakjr / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images

LONDON (dpa-AFX) – Despite an apology after a lockdown garden party in his official residence, the political future of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hangs by a thinner thread than ever before. The opposition loudly demanded Johnson’s resignation in parliament in London on Wednesday.

It is now important for the prime minister whether his own Conservative Party supports him – or lets it fall. The mood among the Tories is catastrophic for the 57-year-old, the media reported, with reference to critical statements by numerous Conservative MPs. In this environment, Johnson for the first time indicated personal consequences if an ongoing internal investigation comes to the conclusion that Corona rules have been broken in Downing Street.

“I would like to apologize,” said Johnson at the beginning of his 45-minute appearance in parliament. Millions of people across the country would have made great sacrifices. “I know the anger you feel at me and the government I run when you think that on Downing Street itself, the rules are not being followed properly by the people who make the rules.”

There’s a rumble behind the scenes. Since the garden party became public, Johnson has received little public support from its own ranks. Sky News reporter Beth Rigby noted “booming silence”. Unlike usual, there were no comments or boos against Starmer or other opposition politicians on Wednesday. On the contrary: With Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, who is considered to be Johnson’s possible successor, the second most important Tory politician was missing from the government bench. He preferred to visit the town of Ilfracombe in southwest England.

Several Tory MPs said their mailboxes were overflowing with email from angry voters. In order to vote Johnson out, 15 percent of the 360 ​​Conservative MPs had to express their distrust in letters. That makes 54 parliamentarians. In the meantime, it cannot be ruled out that the necessary threshold will be reached./bvi/DP/eas


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