Johnson cancels appearance before committee of lawmakers on Thursday

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen at Downing Street in London, Britain October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled an appearance before a committee of lawmakers scheduled for Thursday, the chair of the committee said.

“I promised that I will come to the Liaison Committee and I will keep that promise but I am afraid I must now focus on delivering Brexit in the difficult circumstances in which we now find ourselves,” Johnson wrote in a letter to the committee’s chair, Sarah Wollaston.

Wollaston, a member of the opposition Liberal Democrats, said she was “astonished” by his refusal to face scrutiny and noted it was the third time Johnson had postponed or cancelled.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Chris Reese