Northern Ireland Secretary Brendan Lewis has argued that the Prime Minister has not misled Parliament over the closed meetings at №10 and Whitehall.
This afternoon Johnson will face MPs for the first time after his fine for violating Covid laws.
Sky News’ interviewed on this issue Breakfast programs he stressed: “He [Boris Johnson] did not mislead parliament. He expressed in parliament that, in his opinion, there is truth at the moment.
“He also, quite rightly, apologized for what happened, agreed with the position of the police and paid the fine.”
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Opposition lawmakers accused Johnson of misleading parliament after his comments on December 1 that “all instructions were fully complied with in №10.”
Lewis argued that “The case is that he [Johnson] spoke to parliament when he spoke to parliament, he said what he believed to be true and what he called true.
“It’s absolutely right and right.
“As he said last week, he absolutely accepts [that] the police found that the rules had been violated to such an extent that a fine was issued … so he paid the fine and he stated that he agreed with it ”.
“In fact, I think the Prime Minister replied that … he has already expressed in parliament that his opinion on the situation in the workplace, that the rules are not violated.
“It’s not that he didn’t think they turned in № 10 … he agrees that the police took the attention, apologized and paid the fine. The prime minister believed he was in the workplace, the same view that the Labor leader held when he ate pizza and beer.
Senior Conservative Jeffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the 1922 Committee, told BBC Radio 4. Today A program that: “To oust the Prime Minister and have instability at the top of the government for at least two months, as I know as Treasurer in 1922, when we re-elected Theresa May’s successor, I think it would not be in the country’s interest ”. His comments echo the public sentiment of many Conservative MPs since last week’s revelations, and those calling for the prime minister to resign are in the minority.
Labor is reportedly considering two ways to spur a formal investigation into Johnson’s remarks. One option could include a Commons petition to send Johnson to investigate the committee’s privileges. The second way is to call on the House of Representatives to vote for the vote of no confidence. However, Conservative pressure on Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to reject calls for such a vote, as well as the reluctance of Conservative MPs to reject Johnson, would mean the likely failure of both paths now.