- Oops!Something went wrong.Please try again later.
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has apologised for attending a "bring your own booze" gathering at his official residence during the first coronavirus lockdown and says he understands the fury it had caused.
"I know the rage they feel with me over the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules," an ashen-faced Johnson told parliament.
Johnson, who won a landslide 2019 election victory on a promise to secure the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, said he regretted his action and had thought the gathering at Downing Street on May 20, 2020 was a work event.
"I went into that garden just after six on the 20th of May 2020 to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working," he said.
"With hindsight, I should have said 'everyone back inside'."
In reply, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer told Johnson he should resign over his attendance at the gathering.
"The party's over prime minister. The only question is will the British public kick him out? Will his party kick him out? Or will he do the decent thing and resign?" Starmer asked Johnson in parliament.