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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologizes for attending lockdown party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on Wednesday for attending a ‘bring your own alcohol’ rally at his official residence during the coronavirus first lockdown, as opponents said he had to resign.

Johnson first admitted he attended the party in Downing Street on May 20, 2020, when social gatherings were kept to the bare minimum, and said he understood the anger the revelations had provoked.

“I know the rage they feel at me against the government I am leading when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules,” said the pale-faced Johnson. .

Johnson, who won a landslide victory in the 2019 election on the promise of securing Britain’s exit from the European Union, said he regretted his action and thought the rally was a professional event.

“I entered this garden just after six o’clock on May 20, 2020 to thank groups of staff before returning to my office 25 minutes later to continue working,” he said. “Looking back, I should have sent everyone back inside.”

Call for Johnson’s resignation

Opposition Leader Keir Starmer said Johnson must now step down and the public believed he was a liar.

“The party is over, Prime Minister,” Starmer told him. “The only question is, will the British public kick him out? Will his party kick him out? Or will he do the right thing and resign?”

Some of Johnson’s own Tory MPs have said how he responds to growing fury will determine whether he can stay in office.

“His survival is at stake for now,” said a senior Conservative lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Two snap polls on Tuesday showed more than half of those polled believed Johnson should step down.