Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

The brother of former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Leave voice, said the practical terms of Brexit that the British government managed to get from Brussels are a far cry from what people imagined when the voted during the 2016 referendum.

The choice being presented to the British people was no choice at all, he said in an online article, announcing his resignation.

Quitting as junior transport minister, Johnson called May's Brexit plans "delusional" and said he could not vote for the deal she is expected to unveil in parliament within weeks.

Johnson said "Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War".

Given that the reality of Brexit has turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say.

"What we have to do is hold our nerve and keep negotiating, make sure that we are pointing out to our European Union friends and neighbours that it's in all of our interests to get a good deal".

"This is a con on the British people: there is no evidence that the kind of Brexit that we've failed to negotiate while we are still members can be magically agreed once the United Kingdom has lost its seat at the table".

Another week closer to March 30, another week without a Brexit deal being agreed and even more divisions on the left and right of British politics.

While the majority of his constituents voted to leave the European Union, he rejected the idea that a vote on "what an idealised Brexit might offer" versus what was being delivered in reality, matched up to what many had voted for, describing the current state of things as an affront to democracy.

"It can not be what you wanted nor did the 2016 referendum provide any mandate for it".

Expressing his dismay in a column for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: "I really can't believe it but this government seems to be on the verge of total surrender".

He wrote: "Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo".

Chief Brexiteer and big brother Boris Johnson said the pair may not agree about Brexit, but were "united in dismay" over the UK's position.

If Theresa May is unable to bring back a good deal to Parliament, then there must be a general election to allow Labour the chance to take over negotiations and tell the EU: "The grown ups have arrived".

"It can not be what you wanted nor did the 2016 referendum provide any mandate for it".

Mr Johnson said that he had supported Brexit after the 2016...

There have been more threats to defeat the deal and more claims a No Deal Brexit can be stopped.

Jo Johnson's announcement on Friday afternoon that he had quit as transport minister saw pro-EU and arch-Brexiteers in the Conservative Party unite to attack the Prime Minister's stance.

But, in an unusual show of solidarity in the days of Brexit negotiations, both Labour and Tory MPs appeared on the Sunday politics shows to defend their leaders.

Downing Street thanked him for his work but continued to insist there was no prospect of another referendum "under any circumstances".

Related news

[an error occurred while processing the directive]