Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Minister Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over Brexit, calls for new vote

Minister Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over Brexit, calls for new vote

Johnson confirmed he now plans to vote against any withdrawal agreement May brings before parliament.

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

Transport Minister Jo Johnson has stepped down to protest UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.

Labour said Jo Johnson was the 18th minister to resign from Mrs May's administration since the election and it showed she was "in office, but not in power".

Such a choice was a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he added.

Jo Johnson said the choice being offered was between a "travesty of Brexit" under the deal being thrashed out by the Prime Minister and the European Union, or the "untold damage" of a no-deal Brexit.

"If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

"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", he declared, making his intention to campaign for an effective re-run of the 2016 referendum from the parliamentary backbenches plain.

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Boris Johnson's brother Jo Johnson has resigned from Theresa May's government, insisting that the public should have a final say vote on the actual deal the government is cobbling together as Britain was "on the brink of the greatest crisis" since World War Two and what is actually on offer isn't "anything like what was promised".

It added: "The recent subdued business investment environment is consistent with external surveys of investment intentions, which attribute much of the weakness to Brexit-related economic and political uncertainty".

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

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.

Johnson is the 14th minister to have resigned from government since November past year and the most senior to have called for another referendum in his leaving statement.

She has lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU.

His older brother Boris wrote on Twitter after the announcement: 'Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo.

In a blog for Medium, Johnson, brother of arch-Brexiteer and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, writes: "Although I voted Remain, I have desperately wanted the government, in which I have been proud to serve, to make a success of Brexit: to reunite our country, our party and, yes, my family too".

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