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An Embattled Boris Johnson Says England Will Ease Virus Rules

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that most remaining virus restrictions in England would end a week ahead of schedule, as he fended off calls for his resignation over claims that he lied about parties held at Downing Street during a lockdown.

“Our scientists believe it is likely that the Omicron wave has now peaked nationally. The cabinet concluded that because of the extraordinary boost to campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England, and allow Plan B regulations to expire. The government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere. We will continue to suggest the use of face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces, particularly when you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, but we will trust the judgment of the British people.” “First, he said there were no parties. Then the video landed, blowing that defense out of the water. Next, he said he was sickened and furious when he found out about the parties, until it turned out that he himself was at the Downing Street garden party. Then last week, last week, he said he didn’t realize he was at a party and surprise surprise, no one believed him. If a prime minister misleads Parliament, should they resign?” “So, Mr. Speaker, let’s be absolutely clear. The right honorable gentleman is continuing to ask a series of questions which he knows will be fully addressed by the inquiry.” “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday, he did the opposite of that, so I’ll remind him of a quotation altogether too familiar to him, of Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain. ‘You sat there too long for all the good you have done, in the name of God, go.’” “I must say to the right honorable gentleman, I don’t know what he’s talking about, but what I can tell him, I don’t know what quotation he’s alluding to, that he is referring. But what I can tell him is that I and I think I’ve told this House repeatedly throughout this pandemic, I take full responsibility for everything done in this government and throughout the pandemic.”

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An Embattled Boris Johnson Says England Will Ease Virus Rules

By Reuters January 19, 2022

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that most remaining virus restrictions in England would end a week ahead of schedule, as he fended off calls for his resignation over claims that he lied about parties held at Downing Street during a lockdown.

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