Boris Johnson apologised today, Jan. 12, as he finally admitted attending a lockdown-busting drinks bash at Downing Street.
After 24 hours of chaos and questions, the British Prime Minister confessed about the garden party but claimed he was there for just 25 minutes and it was a “work event”.
He told MPs: “I certainly wish that things would have happened differently on the evening of May the 20th and I apologise for all the misjudgements that have been made, for which I take full responsibility.”
The Prime Minister said he went into the sunshine to “thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working. I believed implicitly that this was a work event.”
He added: “With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside and found some other way to thank them.
“I should have recognised that even if it did fall within guidance, there would be millions of people who would simply not see it that way”.
An hour before the May 2020 party, a Cabinet Minister had told the public at a press conference to follow Covid rules by only meeting one other person outdoors.
When the public found out about the PM attending a lockdown bash at 10 Downing Street, the official residence and the office of the British Prime Minister, there was outrage from all sides, with many demanding Boris Johnson resignation.
Addressing the outrage, Boris Johnson said: “I want to apologise. I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months.
“I know the anguish that they have been through, unable to mourn their relatives, unable to live their lives as they want to do the things they love.”