British Prime Minister Johnson says ‘of course’ he will fight in next election | world news
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he would seek re-election as prime minister in the next election and could think of no circumstances under which he would step down.
Opposition parties and some of Johnson’s own Tory lawmakers have said the prime minister must leave, after police fined him for breaking their own strict coronavirus lockdown rules.
Johnson apologized to Parliament on Tuesday, saying he was unaware that a gathering at his Downing Street office to celebrate his birthday was against the rules.
Opponents say he repeatedly lied to parliament last year when he said all guidelines had been followed.
The Prime Minister traveled to India on Wednesday for a two-day visit. Asked by reporters on the plane whether he will fight the next election, Johnson replied: “Of course.”
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When asked if he saw any circumstances in which he might quit, he replied: “Not much that comes to mind at the moment.”
Johnson said it was time to focus on other pressing international and domestic issues.
“The best thing we can all do is focus on things that can really change and improve the lives of voters and stop talking about politicians,” he told reporters.
Lawmakers will vote Thursday on a motion put forward by the opposition Labor Party that, if passed, would refer Johnson to the House of Commons Privileges Committee to determine whether his conduct amounted to contempt of the House of Commons.
But the government is seeking to delay a decision until the police investigation into lockdown breaches is complete, and a long-awaited report on the matter by a senior official has been released.
(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Writing by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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