Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

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.

"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 awful mistake", he wrote.

Johnson outlined the reasons behind his decision in an article, accompanied by a video.

The deal being negotiated with Europe by the government - dubbed the "Chequers Deal" - would leave Britain economically weakened with no say in European Union rules it would have to adhere to for years, while a "no deal" scenario would inflict damage on the country.

For good measure he added that Mrs May's handling of Brexit "is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

'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, ' said Jo Johnson in an online article sent to journalists.

"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".

Johnson's statement was published after May spent much of the day in France and Belgium, laying wreaths alongside fellow leaders to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

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A spokesperson for May's office said later Friday that under no circumstances would a second referendum be held.

The UK needs to "pause and reflect" before doing something "irrevocably stupid" over Brexit, Jo Johnson said a day after quitting as a minister.

'It is now my intention to vote against this Withdrawal Agreement.

In marked contrast to his brother, who remains firm that leaving the European Union without a deal would be no bad thing, and resigned because he believed the deal being negotiated was too soft, Mr. Jo Johnson called for a second referendum.

'To do anything less will do grave damage to our democracy'. Today there are more problems on the Irish border and the resignation of Jo Johnson.

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".

Speaking of his brother, Jo Johnson acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations "have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

"My brother Boris, who led the leave campaign, is as unhappy with the Government's proposals as I am", he said.

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