Boris Johnson this wednesday woke up with one goal in mind: convince a committee of seven MPs from different parties that it did mislead the House of Commons (lower house of Parliament) about the scandal of party gate it was unintentional.
This has been made clear by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the initial statement he offered before the Commission of Privilegesin charge of investigating possible contempt or violations of privileges of the deputies.
“I did not lie to Parliament”, he began in his first attempt to prove that he was not lying when admitted that he had held illegal parties during the worst of the pandemic at 10 Downing Street, but that “instructions and rules were followed at all times”.
After swearing on a bible, the former conservative leader has insisted that he assumed “full responsibility” for what happened and that everything he said in his day to the camera was “good faith” and “based on what I honestly knew and believed at the time.”
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In addition, he has accused the commission of not having made public the evidence that, in his opinion, would exonerate him from the charges against him, which he considered “grossly unfair”. After four hours of interrogation in what in the United States would be a impeachmentthe committee chaired by Labor Harriet Harman has not reached a conclusion and may need more oral or written evidence.
These hearings are crucial to Johnson’s political future. If he is found guilty by the Committee on Privileges, he could be sanctioned and disbarred in Parliament, where he represents the Uxbridge constituency (north-west London) after he was forced to resign as premier the last summer. In this way, one of the most turbulent and unpredictable parliamentary races in British history could end.