“Partygate”: British MPs open an investigation against Boris Johnson – franceinfo

British MPs have decided to seize the “Privileges Committee”, which will in turn investigate this scandal around the parties organized in Downing Street during the successive confinements linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Article written by Published on 04/21/2022 18:46 Updated on 04/21/2022 19:22 Reading time: 1 min. Boris Johnson is still not out of the woods. Already fined for breaches of the rules aimed at preventing Covid-19 contagion during parties organized in circles of power in 2020 and 2021, the British Prime Minister is now the target of an investigation opened by deputies on Thursday April 21th. It must determine whether he knowingly misled Parliament in his explanations in this case. By consensus, without even formally voting, they decided to go to the “Privileges Committee”. This opens a new front in this affair, likely in the long term to force Boris Johnson to resign. The Ministerial Code provides that a minister who has knowingly misled Parliament must resign. The parliamentary inquiry will not begin until the police investigation is complete and senior civil servant Sue Gray, in charge of an internal inquiry, has delivered her final report. The motion driving parliamentary procedure ‘seeks to uphold the simple principle of honesty, integrity and telling the truth’ in British political life, opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer told the origin of the text. “We know the prime minister himself broke the law,” he added. This is yet another setback for the 57-year-old Conservative leader: far from turning the page on the crisis, he finds himself with a third investigation, after others in progress administrative and police in progress, despite his large majority in the House of Commons, its initial desire to oppose the procedure and then a maneuver to push it back, abandoned at the last minute. On many occasions before Parliament, the Prime Minister assured that all the rules had been respected, an assertion contradicted by the fine imposed on him. Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share by email Share link