Minister Jo Johnson quits over Brexit

Minister Jo Johnson quits over Brexit

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Media captionThe Brexit deal “will gaze us cede regulate” – Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson has stop as transport minister and known as for the overall public to possess a novel insist on Brexit.

The MP, who is Boris Johnson’s brother, said the withdrawal deal at the second being negotiated with the European Union “might be a awful mistake”.

Arguing Britain became as soon as “on the purpose of the best disaster” since World War Two, he said what became as soon as on supply wasn’t “anything fancy what became as soon as promised”.

Downing Avenue thanked him for his work but ruled out one other referendum.

Jo Johnson voted to stay in the EU in the 2016 referendum while his brother Boris, who stop as foreign secretary in July, became as soon as a number one Brexiteer.

His brother praised his decision, saying they were “united in fear” at the PM’s handling of the negotiations.

Cupboard ministers possess been invited this week to read the UK’s draft withdrawal take care of the EU. Theresa Also can merely has said the withdrawal deal is 95% carried out – but there isn’t any agreement yet on how to be sure no exhausting border in Northern Eire.

On Friday the DUP, whose purple meat up Theresa Also can merely depends on for votes in the Commons, said they’ll not purple meat up any deal which incorporated the probability that Northern Eire would be handled in a utterly different device from the rest of the UK.

In an editorial despatched to journalists, the MP for Orpington in Kent said the deal became as soon as being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall however the different being presented became as soon as either, to support an agreement which would recede the UK “economically weakened and not utilizing a insist in the EU suggestions it must note” or a “no-deal Brexit” which would “inflict untold hurt on our nation”.

He described this as “a failure of British statecraft unseen for the reason that Suez disaster” but said even a no-deal Brexit “might additionally effectively be better than the by no means-ending purgatory” being suggest by the highest minister.

But in a warning to his brother and fellow Brexiteers, he added: “Inflicting such severe financial and political wound on the nation will dash away an indelible influence of incompetence in the minds of the overall public”. The “democratic component to function is to present the overall public the rest insist”, he argued.

Serious affect?

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Mr Johnson became as soon as elected MP for Orpington in 2010 and became as soon as made transport minister in January.

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg

For some time, Jo Johnson has struggled with the unfolding reality of Brexit.

A effectively-respected and cherished member of the authorities, he has decided that what became as soon as promised to folks throughout the referendum advertising campaign is now so diversified to what’s on the table that he has stop the authorities as a replace.

He’s not the major, nor the best-known minister to resign over Brexit. But to recede at this second, beautiful when Theresa Also can merely is attempting to stitch together a remaining deal, will possess a severe affect.

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He added: “This might not be about re-running the 2016 referendum, but about asking folks whether or not they want to switch ahead with Brexit now that we all know the deal that is of course obtainable to us, whether or not we might additionally mute dash away without any deal at all or whether or not folks on steadiness would rather follow the deal we already possess within the European Union.

“Britain stands on the purpose of the best disaster for the reason that 2d World War. My loyalty to the occasion is undimmed. I possess by no means rebelled on any allege sooner than now. But my responsibility to my constituents and our gigantic nation has forced me to behave.”

‘Authority lost’

In response, a Downing Avenue spokesman said: “The referendum in 2016 became as soon as the biggest democratic exercise in this nation’s ancient past. We’re going to not under any cases possess a second referendum.

“The highest minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in authorities.”

Mr Johnson is the sixth minister in Theresa Also can merely’s authorities to resign namely over Brexit, following David Davis, Boris Johnson, Philip Lee, Steve Baker and Guto Bebb.

For Labour, Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman said Mrs Also can merely had “lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her secure occasion, not to tell with the EU”. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, added: “How many more resignations is it going to exercise sooner than we gaze a commerce at the head?”

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, whose occasion supports calls for a “Of us’s Vote” on the rest deal, said: “We warmly welcome Jo Johnson’s purple meat up of the advertising campaign to present the folk the rest insist on the deal and an opportunity to exit from Brexit.

“Here’s a charming venture all the device via which Jo and his sister are united in opposing their brother Boris and his Brexit plans.”

Brexiteer Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns tweeted that she didn’t accept as true with him about one other referendum – but his intervention highlighted unease on either aspect of the controversy, with the PM’s efforts to bag a deal.

And pro-Stay Conservative Anna Soubry supported his decision and said it became as soon as time for one other referendum.

David Davis, who stop as Brexit Secretary over Mrs Also can merely’s Chequers Brexit opinion, tweeted: