Apr 20, 2022
UK’s Boris Johnson apologizes to parliament for COVID fine 4/19/22 Transcript
UK’s Boris Johnson apologizes to parliament for COVID fine 4/19/22. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
Let me begin in all humility, by saying that on the 12th of April, I received a fixed penalty notice relating to an event in Downing Street, on the 19th of June, 2020. I paid the fine immediately and I offered the British people a full apology and I take this opportunity on the first available sitting day, to repeat my wholehearted apology to the House.
Speaker 1: (00:31)
It did not occur to me then, or subsequently, that a gathering in the cabinet room, just before a vital meeting on COVID strategy, could amount to a breach of the rules. I repeat, that was my mistake and I apologize for it, unreservedly.
Speaker 1: (00:55)
I respect the outcome of the police investigation, which is still underway and I can only say that I will respect their decision making and always take the appropriate steps and as the House will know, I have already taken significant steps to change the way things work in Number 10.