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Zukunft des britischen Premiers Johnson nach Partei-Entschuldigung ungewiss




Premierminister Boris Johnson (im Bild) apologised on Wednesday (11 January) for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering at his official residence during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown, as a senior figure in his party and opponents said he should resign, schreiben William James und Kylie Maclellan.

Johnson gab zum ersten Mal zu, dass er im Mai 10 an der Party in der Downing Street 2020 teilgenommen hatte, als die COVID-19-Regeln gesellschaftliche Zusammenkünfte auf ein absolutes Minimum beschränkten, und sagte, er verstehe die öffentliche Wut.

“I know the rage they feel with me over the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules,” an ashen-faced Johnson told parliament.

“I offer my heartfelt apologies,” he said.

Johnson said he regretted his action and had thought the gathering was a work event – drawing jeers and laughter from opposition lawmakers.

“I went into that garden just after six on 20 May 2020 to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working,” Johnson said.

“With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside.”


Leaders of all the main opposition parties called for his resignation, while the Conservatives’ leader in Scotland became the first figure in his party to say Johnson should now quit.

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said the public – who handed Johnson a landslide election victory in December 2019 after he promised to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union – thought him a liar.

“The party’s over, prime minister,” Starmer told him.

“After months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of road. His defence that he didn’t realise he was at a party is so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the British public.”

Anger has grown since ITV News reported Johnson and partner Carrie mingled with about 40 staff in the Downing Street garden after his Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds sent an invitation asking attendees to “bring your own booze”. Johnson’s press secretary said the prime minister had not seen that email.

Zahlreiche Menschen, darunter auch einige Gesetzgeber, haben beschrieben, wie die Regeln sie im vergangenen Mai im Gegensatz zu den Ereignissen in der Downing Street von den Betten sterbender Angehöriger ferngehalten haben.

Some of Johnson’s own Conservative lawmakers had said his response on Wednesday to the growing furore would determine his future.

Der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson geht am 12. Januar 2022 vor der Downing Street in London, Großbritannien, spazieren. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson geht am 12. Januar 2022 vor der Downing Street in London, Großbritannien, spazieren. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

“He’s taken on a lot of water and is listing but not quite sunk yet,” one of them said.

Hochrangige Minister versammelten sich um Johnson, um ihre Unterstützung in den sozialen Medien auszudrücken, aber andere Gesetzgeber waren nicht überzeugt, insbesondere der Vorsitzende der schottischen Konservativen, Douglas Ross.

“Regretfully, I have to say his position is no longer tenable,” Ross told Sky News, having earlier spoken to Johnson. Sky said he would submit a letter of no confidence in the prime minister.

Um eine Führungsherausforderung auszulösen, müssen 54 der 360 konservativen Abgeordneten im Parlament schreiben Misstrauensschreiben to the chairman of the party’s “1922 Committee”.

“It sounds to me, I’m afraid, very much as though politically the prime minister is a dead man walking,” said Roger Gale, another Conservative lawmaker who has also written a letter calling for Johnson to face a challenge.

Just two years ago, Johnson was riding high: he had secured the biggest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher’s in 1987 after promising to get Brexit done. He had led the campaign to leave the EU in 2016’s referendum.

Aber eine Reihe von Fehltritten über alles aus Schmuddelskandale und die opulente Renovierung seiner Wohnung zu seinem Umgang mit COVID-19 und jetzt haben die Partys in der Downing Street sein politisches Kapital erschöpft.

Two snap opinion polls on Tuesday showed well over half of respondents thought Johnson should resign. Last month, the Conservatives lost a parliamentary seat they had held for almost 200 years while the party’s comfortable lead over Labour in opinion polls has evaporated.

Die Buchmacher reduzierten ihre Chancen, dass Johnson dieses Jahr als Premierminister abgelöst wird, wobei die Kommunalwahlen im Mai als ein weiterer Moment der Gefahr angesehen wurden.

When details of the gathering first emerged, Johnson said he could not comment until a senior official, Sue Gray, concludes an investigation into other allegations – initially denied – that he and his officials held rule-breaking parties.

In response to the calls for his resignation, he again deferred to Gray’s investigation.

“I cannot anticipate the conclusions of the current inquiry, I have learned enough to know that there were things we simply did not get right. And I must take responsibility,” he said.

Opponents said he had not apologised for the party itself which Johnson said on Wednesday “could be said technically to fall within the guidance”, but was simply sorry he had been found out.

While parliament resounded with demands for his head, Johnson’s biographer Andrew Gimson said he was unlikely to quit unless forced out by his parliamentary colleagues.

“He will be looking for a way through this. He is not the resigning type,” Gimson said.

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