British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized for the lockdown-scorned parties in Downing Street on Monday – but insisted he and his government could be trusted.

Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons he would make changes to the way government is run in the wake of the ‘partygate’ scandal.

“I understand and I will fix it,” he said.

He spoke after senior civil servant Sue Gray discovered that the gatherings of the Prime Minister and his staff when Britain was under coronavirus restrictions represented a “serious failure” to meet the standards expected of the government .

Gray has released findings on four rallies in 2020 and 2021, and police are investigating a dozen other occurrences.

Johnson has pushed back against calls for the resignation of opposition politicians and some of his own conservative lawmakers.

In his report, Gray concluded that “failures of leadership and judgment” allowed events to occur that “should not have happened.” “In the context of the pandemic, as the government asked citizens to accept far-reaching restrictions on their lives, some of the behaviors surrounding these gatherings are difficult to justify,” Gray said.

Gray’s glimpse inside a 10 Downing St. marred by excessive drinking and staff afraid to talk about workplace issues is a blow to Johnson – who has previously said the rules were followed at all times – and comes despite the fact that Gray’s findings only relate to four of the 16 events she investigated.

His findings on 12 other events in 2020 and 2021 were withheld at the request of police, who opened a criminal investigation into the most serious alleged breaches of coronavirus rules. The cuts have led opponents to accuse Johnson of money laundering.

Among the events under police investigation are a June 2020 birthday party for Johnson in Downing Street and two rallies held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.

Allegations that the Prime Minister and his staff flouted restrictions imposed on the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus have sparked public anger, led some Tory lawmakers to call for Johnson’s resignation and sparked intense infighting within the ruling party.

Johnson denied personal wrongdoing and said he had “absolutely no intention” of resigning.

But Johnson’s grip on power has been weakened by allegations of “bring your own booze” office parties, birthday celebrations and “wine Fridays.” government regulations and guidelines are rigorously known only too well,” Gray wrote.

“Sometimes it seems like too little thought has been given to what’s been happening across the country when considering the relevance of some of these gatherings. suffered “collective trauma” during the pandemic.

“The prime minister took us all for fools,” he said. “He despised the sacrifice of people. He proved unfit for the job. The publication of Gray’s report was delayed when the Metropolitan Police launched its own investigation last week into the most serious alleged breaches of coronavirus rules.

The force said it had requested that Gray’s report make only “minimal reference” to the events being investigated by detectives “to avoid prejudice to our investigation”. Johnson’s opponents have accused the government of trying to water down a report that could trigger an attempt to oust the prime minister by his own party. Some conservative lawmakers have said they would push for a no-confidence vote if Gray finds Johnson was at fault.

Gray did not directly criticize the prime minister, but said “there are important lessons to be learned from these events that need to be addressed immediately across government.” The circumscribed and partial report may give Johnson at least a temporary respite from calls for his ousting.

“It’s a mess,” said Will Walden, a former Johnson aide. “It’s probably bad for democracy, but inadvertently good for the prime minister.” It’s unclear if Gray’s full findings will be released once the police investigation is complete. Johnson’s spokesman Max Blain said the Prime Minister’s Office would discuss with police and Gray’s team “what is appropriate” to release.

Johnson could be questioned by detectives as part of their investigation and could face a fine if he is found to have broken the law. Johnson, meanwhile, was trying to change the subject of his personal woes, marking the second anniversary of Brexit on Monday by touting economic opportunities outside the European Union.

The UK officially left the now 27-nation bloc on January 31, 2020, although it remained within EU economic structures for another 11 months.

Since then, the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic has clouded the economic turmoil caused by the end of frictionless trade with Britain’s biggest economic partner. Britain’s economy is growing after slipping into recession amid pandemic lockdowns, but trade with the EU has plummeted since Brexit introduced customs checks and other barriers.