Boris Johnson, 57, appeared to see off the initial challenge to his leadership after the ‘pork pie plotters’ failed to bring forward a ballot against the Prime Minister. However, it seems Mr Johnson could face even more pressure following the conclusion of Scotland Yard’s investigation into the lockdown-breaking parties which allegedly took place inside Downing Street.
The Prime Minister refused to tell the BBC whether he would resign if the Met found he broke the Covid rules.
He said: “As soon as I have something meaningful to say about this, which will come at the end of the process, I will make sure I do it to you, the BBC… I’ll have a lot more to say about this in due course.”
Mr Johnson added: “Any answer would be interpreted as a point of commentary about the process.
“I’ve got to leave it, you must forgive me, I can’t comment about a process that is currently underway and I won’t.”
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However, two ministers are reportedly expected to pull their support for Mr Johnson if he is handed a fixed penalty notice.
According to sources who spoke to the Times, the Prime Minister’s position would become untenable if he is found to have broken the law.
One source said: “If he gets an FPN he’ll have to go. How can you have a Prime Minister who has been found guilty of breaking the law?”
A minister and close ally of a second Cabinet member said: “If the Met’s conclusion is effectively that he broke the regulations then it makes his position extremely difficult.
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“It’s going to be very difficult for him to stay, especially if it’s for a party in the Number 10 flat.”
The Prime Minister has also faced pressure from leaders of other parties in Britain.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey, 56, said: “If he won’t resign, Conservative MPs must do the right thing and sack him.
“For a sitting Prime Minister to be found guilty of breaking the law would be unprecedented and put to bed once and for all the Conservative Party’s claim to be the party of law and order.”
It is thought enough Tory MPs would submit letters of no confidence to the chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady, 54, if Mr Johnson receives a fine for his involvement in partygate.
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