British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister Rishi Sunak will be fined for breaches of anti-Covid rules at parties organized in circles of power in 2020 and 2021, a Downing Street spokeswoman said on Tuesday. “The Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer received notification today that the police intended to issue them fines,” the spokeswoman said.
The amount of the fine is not yet known.
Opposition calls for resignation of Johnson and Sunak
This scandal, known as “partygate”, shook the government. The British were at the time asked to drastically reduce their social interactions to combat the spread of Covid-19.
On Twitter, Opposition and Labor Party leader Keir Starmer called for the resignation of Boris Johnson and Rishu Sunak. “They broke the law and repeatedly lied to the British. They should both resign. The Conservatives are incapable of governing. Brits deserve better,” he wrote.
Boris Johnson, whose popularity had fallen sharply after this scandal, had made his mea culpa before the deputies but ruled out any resignation, calling to wait for the conclusions of the police investigation.