The eye-opening report has a witness quoting the then-prime minister at a meeting at his residence in November 2020 when strict COVID-19 was in effect: “This is probably the most distanced meeting in the UK at the moment.” Further evidence came from a report by a Johnson staff official in April 2021, six months before the parties’ first reports, that the then-prime minister and his aides were “worried about leaks” about them. .
The details appeared in the report by the House of Commons Privileges Committee, made up of seven MPs, four of whom are members of the former prime minister’s Conservative party. They were tasked with finding out whether Johnson was misleading Parliament by denying any wrongdoing and whether it was a deliberate decision, The Guardian reports.
While the 24-page document is only an interim report intended to notify Johnson of the initiation of the investigation before he testifies later this month, its eye-opening findings and the plethora of recently released information make some of the prospects for the former prime minister and his allies
The official finding that Johnson deliberately misled Parliament could lead to his removal from office in the House of Commons. Under parliamentary rules, an exception of 14 days or more means Johnson voters can file a recall petition to remove him as an MP. And this is quite possible, given the slim majority in favor of him in the west London constituency where he was elected as an MP.
Angela Rayner, deputy union leader, said the report “fully exposes Boris Johnson’s behavior not only in crime but also in cover-up.” Daisy Cooper, deputy head of the Liberal Democrats, called on current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to “immediately and publicly commit to supporting the committee” if it rules against Johnson. Observers estimate that the final conclusion will take several months and Johnson is expected to testify in the week beginning March 20.