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New allegations in the “Partygate” affair: In the seat of government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the corona rules are said to have been broken not only occasionally but regularly with boozy celebrations. As several media reports on Saturday, there were repeated meetings under the motto “Wine-time Fridays”, although at that time indoor meetings were strictly prohibited according to the lockdown requirements. The Prime Minister encouraged employees to “let off steam” and himself stopped by these gatherings several times. The employees bought an office refrigerator especially for the regular meetings to keep their bottles of white wine, Prosecco and beer cool. Friday meetings have long been a “Downing Street tradition”, including under previous British governments, according to the Mirror. The meetings continued even after corona restrictions were imposed.

Johnson’s resignation ‘in the national interest’

This puts Johnson under even more political pressure than he already has. British opposition leader Keir Starmer has now denied the prime minister’s ability to govern. It is now in the “national interest” for Johnson to resign, the leader of the opposition Labor Party said at a conference in London on Saturday. He called on the prime minister’s conservative Tory party to do what was necessary and get rid of Johnson. You have a prime minister “who has lost the moral authority to lead,” Starmer said. This authority is needed right now in the pandemic. Britain faces other major challenges – and Johnson is “absent” and in hiding, according to the Labor leader. Several members of his own party are also calling for Johnson’s resignation. Tory MP Tobias Ellwood told the BBC the PM must “lead or step aside”. Backbencher and former Johnson ally Andrew Bridgen also said he felt the prime minister had “lost his moral authority to run the country”. Bridgen is among a number of Tory MPs who have previously written to no-confidence in Johnson. When asked about the wine parties, he told the BBC it didn’t matter whether Johnson was there or not. “Ultimately he is responsible for what goes on in government. What we’re seeing is a culture where there’s a rule for them and the rest of us do as we’re told. That’s just not acceptable. “Johnson himself wants to get out of trouble politically with a comprehensive restart. Internal investigations are currently underway into the lockdown parties in his seat of government, and the prime minister wants to wait for the results. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister apologized in Parliament for a garden party at his official residence. But further revelations followed, including celebrations at the seat of government on the eve of the funeral of Queen consort Prince Philip in April 2021. At that time, strict corona rules applied in Great Britain, which meant that Queen Elizabeth II had to sit alone in the chapel of her Windsor residence when her husband was buried.



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