Last week, Kathryn Stone, who oversees the code of conduct and rules for MPs, told the prime minister she will not launch a fresh inquiry into the matter but Johnson was also criticised by his ethics adviser, Christopher Geidt, for failing to check for missing WhatsApp messages crucial to his investigation.
“I followed the ministerial guidance at all times,” Johnson told reports, with a smirk, when questioned about the saga.
Watch Boris Johnson smirk as he says
"I followed the ministerial guidance at all times"
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French publication Le Point said Johnson had indulged in his “usual humorous banter”, the Guardian reported. “Wide-eyed, we observe Johnson’s smirk; his face recalls that of a dad cracking one of his favourite jokes,” it said.
Brexit trade deals
In 2019, Johnson was quizzed about whether he would manage to secure important trade deals with the EU in time for Britain’s formal departure from the bloc.
Speaking to Sky News’ Beth Rigby, he smirked at the prospect of not securing deals and said: “The possibility you allude to simply will not happen.”
"The possibility you allude to simply will not happen." https://t.co/YlXNEgZkWh