Johnson hints at more resignations over May's Brexit plans

Lester Mason
November 11, 2018

Speaking a day after Jo Johnson quit the government and called for a fresh vote on Brexit, Fox said Johnson was an excellent transport minister.

He said the public should be asked to confirm their decision to leave the European Union and, if they choose to do that, whether to accept Mrs May's plan or leave without a deal.

The MP for Orpington is brother to Boris Johnson, the Brexit-supporting former Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary - but, like sister Rachel, was himself a Remain supporter during Britain's referendum on European Union membership in 2016.

He already expressed fears that the current "chaotic" Withdrawal Agreement being finalised would be "a awful mistake" in a blog, published yesterday to coincide with his departure.

May is reportedly close to securing a divorce deal with Brussels, as time runs out to get an agreement approved by British and European parliaments ahead of the UK's planned departure from the EU on March 29 next year.

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

Eloise Todd, head of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said: "This is an incredibly fearless move from Jo Johnson at a time when the public desperately needs more MPs to act in the national interest".


"The second option is a "no deal" Brexit that I know as a transport minister will inflict untold damage on our nation".

Still under the No Deal scenario "Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War", he said.

Johnson said Brussels offered Britain a chose between "vassalage and chaos" and that the document was "a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

On Friday the DUP, whose support Theresa May relies on for votes in the Commons, said they can not support any deal which included the possibility that Northern Ireland would be treated differently from the rest of the UK. "More resignations on the cards under any circumstances I would think", predicted David Henig, a former senior civil servant at the Department of Trade.

"I think it is imperative that we now go back to the people and check that they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis".

The resignation is not just significant for the government's immediate plans, but also is yet another vote in parliament that could reject the Brexit plan, leaving the whole project in a crisis without any clear resolution. She has lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU. 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.

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