United Kingdom Justice Minister David Wolfson resigned on April 13 over the “scale, context, and nature” of breaches of COVID-19 rules in Downing Street.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Wolfson said that he was stepping down not only over “what happened” or Johnson’s “own conduct,” but also “and perhaps more so, the official response to what took place.”
“I regret that recent disclosures lead to the inevitable conclusion that there was repeated rule-breaking, and breaches of the criminal law in Downing Street,” Wolfson said.
“I have — again, with considerable regret — come to the conclusion that the scale, context, and nature of those breaches mean that it would be inconsistent with the rule of law for that conduct to pass with constitutional impunity,” Wolfson further said.
Wolfson also said that he had “no option other than to tender my resignation.”
Johnson said he was “sorry to receive” the letter and thanked Wolfson for his service.
The government had “benefitted from your years of legal experience,” Johnson said.
Wolfson’s resignation came after Johnson, his wife Carrie, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak paid fines for attending Johnson’s birthday party in the Cabinet room in No 10 in June 2020.
In a statement, Johnson said that he accepted “in all sincerity that people had a right to expect better,” but did not indicate that he would resign over the fines.
The resignation also came hours after Conservative Member of Parliament Nigel Mills announced that he would submit a letter of no confidence in Johnson.
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