Prime Minister has broken the rules and misled parliament.
The SNP has said Boris Johnson’s position is now “completely untenable” and he must resign or be removed from office – as the damning Sue Gray report provides further confirmation the Prime Minister and his Downing Street team broke lockdown rules and misled Parliament.
The report includes the damning conclusions “There were failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office”, “a number of these gatherings should not have been allowed to take place or to develop in the way that they did” and “represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time.”
Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said:
“Boris Johnson’s position is now completely untenable.
“The Prime Minister is guilty of breaking lockdown rules and misleading parliament.
“He must resign – or be removed from office.
“The highly critical Sue Gray report is utterly damning.
“It has provided the final nail in the coffin against Boris Johnson’s false claims that he would be exonerated.
“Instead, it has provided conclusive evidence that rule-breaking events did happen and should never have taken place.
“It is clear the Prime Minister knew about events, attended them – and was lying to Parliament when he claimed otherwise.
“Misleading Parliament is a resignation matter in itself – but just as important is the fact that the Prime Minister and his Downing Street team were breaking the rules that they had imposed.
“There cannot be one rule for Boris Johnson and another for the rest of us.
“If the Prime Minister won’t do the honourable thing and resign, he must be forced out of office by his own MPs.
“Tory MPs must now do their duty and remove him without further delay – or they will destroy any remaining public trust in the Tory government.”