Oris Johnson is poised to potentially receive additional fines for breaking coronavirus laws after an attorney general resigned for “repeated rule violations” in Downing Street.
David Wolfson, his conservative counterpart, said he had “no choice but to give up because the size and nature of the events identified by police as violations to date were” incongruent with the law. provisions of the law”.
Multiple newspapers reported that the Prime Minister could receive further notices of fixed penalties after he accepted to pay fines for attending a birthday party organized for him at No. Covid in June 2020.
Downing Street sources say they are awaiting the outcome of the ongoing Scotland Yard investigation after Mr Johnson admitted he could face more fines, for attending six of the 12 events being investigated. check.
The prime minister will try to escape the scandal with a keynote speech on Thursday setting out new plans for the asylum system, including sending individuals more than 4,000 miles to Rwanda for processing.
The fallout after Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak admitted to having paid the fine this week is continuing with calls to drop it.
Conservative MPs Nigel Mills and Craig Whittaker say the position of Prime Minister is unattainable after he was found to have breached the rules he set.
However, Mr Johnson’s view is safe at the moment, as politicians leave Parliament for the Easter break and many Tory critics say the immediate focus is on the invasion of Ukraine.
Lord Wolfson, a justice minister since 2020, said in his resignation letter to Mr Johnson that he had come to the “inevitable conclusion that there had been repeated breaches of the rule and of the law”. criminal, in Downing Street”.
He concluded that there was no choice but to resign because “my ministerial and professional obligations are to support and uphold the rule of law”.
The decision has put enormous pressure on Dominic Raab, who, as Labor’s shadow Steve Reed pointed to as Attorney General, is “constitutionally accused of obeying the law but instead condone violations of the law” by supporting Mr Johnson.
Mr Raab described Lord Wolfson as a “world-class lawyer” whose “wisdom and wisdom would be greatly missed” in Government.
Mr Johnson wrote to a colleague saying he was “sorry to receive” his resignation, while praising his “years of legal experience”.
Before that, Mr Mills became the first Tory protester to publicly call for Mr Johnson to put down his sword since the fines landed.
The Amber Valley MP, in Derbyshire, told the PA news agency that Mr Johnson’s views were unacceptable, saying: “Yes, I think a sitting Prime Minister should be fined and accept it. and paying for breaking the law to which he was referred… just an impossible position. ”
Mr Whittaker, MP for the West Yorkshire constituency of the Calder Valley, has called for both the Prime Minister and Mr Sunak to step down in response to voters’ questions.
“To put it very clearly, my personal opinion is that he and the Prime Minister should both resign because you can’t make a law and then break it like they did,” he said in a video. On Facebook.
But Mr Whittaker said he would not send a letter to the 1922 Committee of the Backbench Tories, saying he hoped the Prime Minister would win a vote he said would distract from the Ukraine crisis and cost cost of living.
Wales Minister Simon Hart has made it clear the Prime Minister will not step down even if he is fined multiple times during the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Hillman investigation.
Mr Hart told Times Radio: “I don’t necessarily see a difference between one or two (fines), for example, the principle is the same.
“Personally, I don’t think that for people in public life – or any other walk of life, for that matter – that necessarily comes with another penalty, which is removal. your job or the like.”
Both Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak – and the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie, who was also fined for partying in the Cabinet Room – apologized on Tuesday and confirmed they had paid the fine.
Many Tory MPs and Cabinet ministers have expressed their support for the Prime Minister, pointing out his support for Ukraine in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
One person who has been publicly silent about the scandal is Home Secretary Priti Patel, but a Home Office source said Mr Johnson has her “full support”.
It is thought that it is difficult for Home Affairs ministers to comment on ongoing police investigations.
More than 50 fines have been forwarded to the Acro Criminal Records Office since the Met investigation began.
Speaking to broadcasters at his country’s residence, Checkers, on Tuesday, Mr Johnson said it “didn’t happen” for him at a time that the party he was fined could be in breach of the rules. rules of Covid.
Mr Sunak issued an “unwarranted apology”, saying he understood that “for public figures, rules must be strictly applied to maintain public trust”.
A spokesman for Ms Johnson said: “While she believes she acted in accordance with the rules at the time, Ms Johnson accepts the findings of the Metropolitan Police and sincerely apologises.”