Aperitifs were organized every Friday in Downing Street during confinement, reveals this Saturday, January 15, the newspaper The Mirror, extending the list of accusations against Boris Johnson.
Things are getting tougher for the British Prime Minister. Stuck in a “partygate”, the 57-year-old conservative is openly criticized in his majority and faces his worst crisis since coming to power in July 2019.
In its Saturday edition, the British newspaper claims that every Friday, Downing Street workers ended their working week by sharing glasses of wine, a ‘long-standing tradition’ that has continued despite the introduction of related restrictions to the Covid and prohibiting this type of meeting.
The Mirror adds that staff had invested in a fridge to keep their bottles of alcohol cool and that the Prime Minister was aware of these gatherings. A spokesperson for Downing Street referred to the conclusions of an investigation led by a senior civil servant who will have to determine whether Boris Johnson and his collaborators broke the rules during the various events.
Last Wednesday Boris Johnson apologized to Parliament for attending a party in May 2020 saying he thought it was a business meeting.
But anger is brewing, including in the conservative ranks of Boris Johnson who is fighting to stay in power. According to the newspapers, his supporters have been called upon to tout his achievements, including the implementation of Brexit, and some of his aides will be asked to leave.
Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer calls for his resignation. “We are witnessing the sad spectacle of a Prime Minister mired in deceit and trickery, unable to lead,” he said in a speech on Saturday.