Boris Johnson is under renewed pressure after photos surfaced appearing to show him drinking alcohol at an event that broke England’s COVID-19 lockdown. ITV News released four images which it says show the Prime Minister raising a glass of bubbly to his colleagues at a boozy going away party on November 13, 2020. The event, which was reportedly for the outgoing Downing Street communications chief , Lee Cain, was attended by at least eight revelers at a time when indoor gatherings of people from different households were limited to two.

Reports of the incident have questioned why Mr Johnson – who was slapped with a fixed sentence for his birthday in Downing Street in June 2020 – was not fined by the Metropolitan Police for this latest party under surveillance.

In other developments, Sue Gray should publish her full report on the anti-lockdown parties organized at number 10 as early as Wednesday.

The official claimed she had previously only been able to release a limited version of her investigation findings, published in January, due to a parallel Met investigation.

As the scandal rumbles, 68% of Britons think Mr Johnson is doing poorly as Prime Minister, according to YouGov’s latest monthly tracking of 1,623 to 3,326 British adults from May.

Politico’s most recent ‘Poll of Polls’ from Sunday makes an equally grim reading for the Tories, predicting a six-point lead for Labor over the Tories if a general election is held now.

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Polling guru Mark Pack also puts Labor ahead in his aggregation of nine of the country’s top pollsters, all of which show the Conservatives are only the second most popular political party in the country.

The latest twist in the so-called ‘Partygate’ scandal and latest poll comes after Mr Johnson was dealt a blow in the Northern Ireland Assembly election earlier this month as the results ‘spoiled’ his plan to rewrite sections of Northern Ireland. Protocol – the controversial deal governing Britain’s post-Brexit trade with the territory.

Dr Nicholas Dickinson, a political expert from Oxford University, underlined the significance of Sinn Féin’s victory in the election, with the nationalist party becoming the largest in Stormont for the first time, ahead of the Democratic Unionist Party ( DUP) and the intercommunity party. Alliance Party.

Sinn Féin First Minister-designate Michelle O’Neill opposes government attempts to rewrite the protocol, but the DUP want to change the protocol and have blocked a new power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland until that the post-Brexit deal is settled.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Dickinson said: ‘There is the first nationalist prime minister but more importantly a pretty solid majority in the assembly of parties that are either pro-reunification – Sinn Féin – plus Alliance, which is quite heavily pro-Remain.

Speaking about the election results, Dr Dickinson added: “Now whether it’s good for them or not, who knows.

“Because one theory of how they’re going to try to win the next election is to have a huge row over it and basically restart the Brexit arguments from 2019.

“It doesn’t necessarily stop them from doing it now, it’s the situation in Northern Ireland.

“But it certainly weakens the case and makes the EU much less likely to make concessions.

“It’s probably the most important thing that has actually happened in the election, for UK politics as well as for Northern Ireland politics.”

The much-maligned protocol imposes strict customs controls on goods such as chilled meat traveling from Britain to Northern Ireland after Brexit.

This arrangement must satisfy the EU because Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland, which, unlike its neighbour, remains in the 27-nation bloc.

The protocol effectively created a de facto trade border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain across the Irish Sea.

This was decided as the best option for the protocol to maintain the 1998 peace accord, the Good Friday Agreement, and avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

But critics, including the DUP, have blasted the situation because of the mountain of paperwork and extra costs imposed on businesses in Northern Ireland importing goods from Britain.

The UK government has threatened to unilaterally rewrite sections of the protocol and called on the EU to agree to renegotiate that part of Britain’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.