British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions at the parliament in London, Britain, on January 19, 2022, in this screen grab taken from a video. (Reuters TV via REUTERS)
“We will today initially begin to refer 20 fixed penalty notices to be issued for breaches of Covid-19 regulations,” the Met Police said, adding further fines could follow “if the evidential threshold is made”.
The force noted it will not be disclosing the number or identities of those being fined, but Johnson is reportedly not among those in the first wave of sanctions.
Downing Street has previously said it will disclose significant developments in the probe relating to the prime minister.
Pressure had eased on the British leader after the issue disappeared from the headlines following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Western response to the war there.
But Tuesday’s developments signal the affair could once again return to haunt Johnson, with the 57-year-old facing a fine unless he can explain why he was at the events at a time when his government was telling the public that doing so was illegal.