Sunak and Johnson brace for legal dispute regarding WhatsApp message delivery

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and current Rishi Sunak are preparing for a legal battle hours before the deadline for handing over sensitive materials related to the coronavirus pandemic to a commission of inquiry.

Johnson, who has been in office during the coronavirus pandemic, is fighting against passing WhatsApp messages to committee chair Heather Hallett.

With the 4 p.m. deadline approaching, Hallett is pushing for access to all government communications, arguing their importance to learning about coronavirus decision-making.

He warned that failure to provide material could constitute a criminal offence, but the government disputed that claim. Thus, the government is ready to file a lawsuit.

The government’s position is based on concerns that making all ministerial letters, including Johnson’s letter, available would interfere with open communication in the future, and that much of the material is irrelevant to the investigation.

Source: BNN network.

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