Two-third of Britons demand Johnson’s resignation over new lockdown party

On Monday, in a letter to Johnson, a group of 44 Conservative MPs urged the government to “go further” and work with the EU to take in Ukrainian refugees. [EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN]

An increasingly beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting calls for his resignation following allegations that he and his wife attended a social drinks gathering with dozens of people in the garden of his Downing Street residence during the first coronavirus lockdown.

Some 66% of UK adults say that Johnson should stand down, according to a new snap opinion poll from Savanta ComRes, published on Tuesday.

The revelations that around 100 people were invited to a “bring-your-own-booze” event in the garden of the Prime Minister’s Downing Street’s residence during the first lockdown in May 2020 prompted a furious reaction from lawmakers on Tuesday.

At the time, the mixing of different households was strictly banned as part of tight lockdown measures to control the spread of COVID, with rulebreakers left facing heavy fines.

At an urgent debate on Tuesday, which Johnson did not attend, Jim Shannon, a Democratic Unionist MP, wept as he said his mother-in-law had died alone with COVID during the pandemic.

A total of 62% of respondents said that the new revelations are a worse breach of trust than the revelations that Johnson’s staff held a Christmas party in December 2020 when the government had also banned these.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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