Boris Johnson is faced with demands to step down from his own party leader in Scotland because of the excitement over the “party gate” that has re-gripped the number 10.
Douglas Ross said Mr. Johnson had to answer a “very simple question” and confirm whether he would be able to speak on Aug. Der Spiegel reports.
Details of the party were revealed on Monday (Jan. 10) in a leaked email the Prime Minister’s Chief Private Secretary Martin Reynolds sent to more than 100 No. 10 employees.
He wrote: “Hi everyone, after an incredibly busy time, we thought it would be nice to take advantage of the fine weather and have a few socially distant drinks in garden number 10 tonight.
“Please come to us from 6 p.m. and bring your own schnapps!”
The Prime Minister did not appear in the House of Commons on Tuesday to answer an urgent question on the matter.
Instead, Minister Michael Ellis urged MPs to await an investigation from Whitehall ethics bailiff Sue Gray – which will be suspended if police open a full investigation.
Mr Ross told Sky News: “The Prime Minister can fix this now, he can tell people whether he was at the party or not.
“We don’t have to wait for Sue Gray to investigate, we don’t have to wait for questions from the Prime Minister.
“We only need the prime minister to answer this very simple question.”
He added, “If there’s nothing to hide here, if there’s no problem, just answer the question.
“And if so, then that is an assumption that he himself has violated his government’s guidelines.
“This is the guide that stopped people from going to family member funerals, that stopped people from grieving together. It meant doctors and nurses were working flat out to get this virus under control, and people across the country were following some of the toughest guidelines we’ve seen.
“And if the prime minister and others in number 10 violated these guidelines while in the early afternoon a cabinet minister had told people what was expected of them, but behind number 10 the people were enjoying the sun in the garden, I think that this is absolutely despicable. “
When asked if the Prime Minister could keep his job if he broke the law, Mr. Ross replied, “No, absolutely not. This is a law that he and his government made. “
He went on: “If the UK Government and the Prime Minister have broken these rules, they too must be punished.”
Mr Ross said: “If the Prime Minister has misled Parliament, he must resign.”
A Savanta / ComRes poll found that 66% of people in the UK – including 42% of those who voted for Tory in 2019 – said Mr Johnson should resign after the party uproar.
A second YouGov poll of 5,931 UK adults found 56% of respondents said the Prime Minister should resign. 27 percent said to stay and 17 percent didn’t know.
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