Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

A minister in the British government stepped down on Friday to protest Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan and is backing calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the European Union.

The senior Tory, who campaigned for Remain, follows his Leave-supporting brother Boris Johnson out of Mrs May's government.

The MP, who is Boris Johnson's brother, said the United Kingdom was "barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU".

"On this most crucial of questions, I believe it is entirely right to go back to the people and ask them to confirm their decision to leave the European Union and, if they choose to do that, to give them the final say on whether we leave with the Prime Minister's deal or without it".

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.

"In fact so great is the gulf now between what was promised in the referendum campaign and what is now on offer in the Prime Minister's proposed deal that I have had no choice but to submit my resignation to the Prime Minister this afternoon".

"But it has become increasingly clear to me that the Withdrawal Agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a bad mistake".

However he emphasised that a "no deal" Brexit, which the government insists is the only other option, would mean "chaos" that would cause disruption, delay and deep damage to the United Kingdom economy.


But he said a second referendum is "not the way forward and is not supported by the public".

"Hopes for the "easiest trade deal in history" have proved to be delusions", he wrote.

"I think then people will need to ask themselves what is it that is going to be in the best interests of those who sent them to Westminster to represent them, to ensure that we maintain living standards and investment and prosperity and employment in our country", Lidington added.

Stanley Johnson got into a very heated debate with a news host over his son Jo's resignation as Transport Minister, arguing the Prime Minister is taking the country "over a cliff's edge", just months after his other son Boris resigned as Foreign Secretary.

"I hope and I believe that we can secure that majority in Parliament for the agreement", he said.

"Here is a young politician with everything to gain from staying inside the Government, pursuing his distinguished career, keeping his head down and waiting for events to take their course". He has resigned on an issue of principle putting the country before his party and his own career.

"Theresa May is in office, but not in power".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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