Johnson’s government has been hit by a series of scandals, from accusations of his flouting of rules and exposure of illegal quarantine-breaking parties held on Downing Street to allegations of misconduct and abuse by Conservative lawmakers.
Here’s a look at some of his government’s most notable scandals.
The monarch approved the request, in accordance with her duty, not to interfere in politics and act only on the advice of ministers.
But when the Supreme Court found the delay illegal, it raised the uncomfortable question of whether the Queen had broken the law. The decision has led to accusations that the Johnson government deliberately misled the monarch as part of its strategy to secure Brexit.
According to the Sunday Times, Johnson was forced to personally apologize for embarrassing the monarch.
But the unfortunate reprieve was just one example of Johnson’s disregard for parliamentary rules and standards.
He backed Home Secretary Priti Patel after an investigation into allegations that she bullied employees found she violated the Ministerial Code and did not “treat her civil servants with consideration and respect” and also engaged in “conduct that could be characterized as intimidation.”
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Owen Paterson lobbying scandal
Last year, Johnson attempted to force Conservative MPs to vote to overturn the suspension of a Conservative MP.
Following the backlash, Johnson turned around and Paterson eventually resigned as MP.
Johnson has faced months of devastating revelations of Downing Street parties being held in defiance of coronavirus lockdowns, with leaks and images leaking to the media since January.
Among the parties: a night of drinking on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral – at a time when strict restrictions on socializing forced even the queen to sit alone to say goodbye to her husband, who is almost 74 years old.
Gray wrote that the “top leadership at the center” of the Johnson administration “should be held accountable” for a culture that allowed parties.
Johnson’s approach to the scandal was particularly flawed, with Downing Street first denying there were any gatherings, then saying they were unaware of them, then claiming to have attended them because they considered them to be work events.
Pincher’s misconduct allegations
Pincher, the Conservatives’ deputy chief whip, resigned last week after allegations that he molested two guests at a private dinner. Pincher did not directly admit to the allegations, but told Johnson in a letter that “I drank too much last night” and “embarrassed myself and other people.”
Downing Street struggled to explain why Pincher was in government at all, amid a spate of revelations about his previous alleged behavior, denying that Johnson knew anything specific about the allegations.
It was revealed on Tuesday that a complaint against Pincher was filed with the Foreign Office about three years ago and that Johnson was informed of what had happened. Downing Street then said he forgot.
Johnson admitted that Pincher’s appointment to government on Tuesday “was a mistake,” but the damage has already been done. The wave of government resignations began minutes after he apologized for the decision, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid handing in their notices. Dozens followed over the next 24 hours.
Rob Picheta and Luke McGee of CNN contributed to the story.