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Johnson's ethics adviser says UK PM has put him in 'odious' position

"A deliberate breach, or even an intention to do so, would be to suspend the provisions of the code to suit a political end," Geidt said in his letter to the PM. "I can have no part in this."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (AP file Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (AP file Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

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Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser said he resigned because the prime minister had placed him in an “impossible and odious position” by considering a deliberate breach of the UK’s ministerial code.
 
In his resignation letter, Christopher Geidt didn’t give details about the issue Johnson had asked him to advise upon. In his reply to Geidt, the prime minister alluded to a planned decisions on trade tariffs that “might be seen to conflict with our obligations under the WTO,” again without giving details.

“A deliberate breach, or even an intention to do so, would be to suspend the provisions of the code to

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First Published: Jun 16 2022 | 6:27 PM IST

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