Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

Lester Mason
November 11, 2018

Asked by German magazine Der Spiegel if he would stop Brexit if he could, Corbyn said: "We can't stop it".

Mr Johnson voted to remain in the 2016 EU Referendum and is now backing the campaign for a People's Vote.

Rachel also spoke to Andrew Pierce about how she wished the nation could disagree as amicably as the Johnson family does on the subject of Brexit and how a joint antipathy towards the Chequers deal had in fact united her brothers.

Johnson said the proposed Brexit dea was a "terrible mistake" that necessitated a fresh referendum on leaving the EU.

He said: "We will test the government against our six questions".

We do not charge or put articles behind a paywall. If it's defeated, it means they've got a choice - either go back and negotiate something better or resign.

Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister and a supporter of the People's Vote campaign group, added: "This is a very significant resignation".

Jo Johnson, younger brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, said the withdrawal agreement being discussed by European Union and British leaders would greatly weaken Britain and require the country to follow European Union rules without having any say. "As with any fork in the road, there is always the option of turning back home".


"That leadership must now come from the top, or our party may never be forgiven for the consequences that follow", he added.

He told the Today programme: "My basic disagreement with Jo is about the need for a second referendum".

Chris Leslie, another Labour MP, called for the public to have the final choice and accused Corbyn of a "dereliction of duty".

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

Compounding May's problems on Friday, the Northern Irish party that props up her minority government cast her Brexit negotiation as a betrayal and said it could not support any deal that divided the United Kingdom. "If the party sets its face against this, it will never be forgiven". "It does not remotely correspond to the mandate of the people in June 2016".

The resignation of such a high-profile figure, just days after Britain suggested it was close to a deal is seen as hugely significant. potentially leading to other Conservative MPs and Ministers speaking out in favour of a second referendum.

But while Jo Johnson called Theresa May's Brexit strategy "a failure of British statecraft unseen since the Suez crisis" and being bound by European Union rules with no say a "never-ending purgatory", he mocked his brother's suggestion that a no deal Brexit would be a realistic option, adding: "inflicting such serious economic and political harm on the country will leave an indelible impression of incompetence in the minds of the public".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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