LONDON (Reuters) - British police are investigating Prime Minister Boris Johnson over corruption-related offenses involving abuse of office and facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, British media reported on Wednesday.
The British authorities in London referred Johnson to the police watchdog last Friday to decide whether to investigate him on the back of special treatment from US businesswoman Jennifer Arkory for her friendship with the prime minister, the BBC reported. He joined the trade missions under his leadership when he was mayor of London and received thousands of pounds in financial grants.
The British judicial authorities said they had referred Johnson to the independent body so they could assess whether a former London mayor should be investigated for the crime of criminal misconduct while in public office and recorded a "misconduct offense", usually when there is information indicating a possible offense. A criminal offense "where the independent police office will consider if it is necessary to investigate the matter".
In a letter to Johnson outlining the subject and reasons for the referral, the London Metropolitan Authority oversight officer in charge of monitoring the behavior of the mayor and members of the London Municipal Council stated: Jennifer Arcory led to her being allowed to participate in business missions and receive grants while she would not have been able to get all that in normal circumstances. ”
The Independent newspaper said that Johnson may face a vote of no confidence in order to ensure that the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union unless the parties agree on the terms of the withdrawal.
The aim of the no-confidence vote was to replace Johnson's government with an interim administration to secure an extension of Britain's exit from the European Union as the only game to ensure that Britain is not removed from the EU on October 31, the paper said. an agreement.
Johnson recently confirmed that he was proceeding with his plan to implement Britain's Brexit plan at the end of October despite the British Supreme Court overturning its decision to suspend parliament. “We have to do it because there is now no confidence that the prime minister will obey the law and seek the extension,” he said. The parliament voted only a few weeks ago. ”
The Scottish party is seeking to rally opposition forces to Johnson's removal from office amid expectations that Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will take over as interim prime minister to delay Brexit and hold early elections.
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