Boris Johnson’s attempt to downplay fears that he misled the Queen has not gone well.
On Wednesday, a court ruling deemed Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament “unlawful” and raised the possibility that the prime minister had lied to the Queen to convince her to agree to the prorogation of parliament.
But when asked on Thursday whether he misled the monarch, Johnson said:
Absolutely not. The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide.
We need a Queen's Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.
🎙️ "Did you lie to the Queen?"
🗣️ "Absolutely not"
UK PM Boris Johnson denies misleading the Queen about his re… https://t.co/pYg9tnJolD
And as of Thursday afternoon, #BorisLiedToTheQueen was trending in the UK on Twitter.
Johnson might have a better case if he didn’t have a bad reputation for mistruths after being fired for allegedly fabricating quotes as a journalist and being caught out falsely denying an affair as a politician.
Man sacked twice for lying denies lying https://t.co/H3FBRZEk5D