Clearly under pressure, Mr Johnson insisted that nobody had warned him the “bring your own booze” gathering might contravene COVID rules. He told Sky News: “When I went out into that garden I thought I was attending a work event.” Mr Johnson has not been seen in public after Downing Street said a family member tested positive for coronavirus.
Despite official guidance no longer requiring vaccinated contacts of coronavirus cases to self-isolate, Mr Johnson pulled out of a visit last Thursday – the day after his apology in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions.
Asked if he had lied to the public and parliament, Johnson told reporters: “No.”
“No. Nobody told me that what we were doing was, as you say, against the rules, that the event in question, was, something, we were going to do something that wasn’t a work event.
“I want to begin by repeating my apologies to everybody for the misjudgments that I’ve made, that we may have made in No 10 and beyond, whether in Downing Street or throughout the pandemic.”
The Prime Minister also sidestepped several questions about whether or not he would resign if it was proven that he had misled parliament.
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