Jo Johnson quits and calls for a second referendum

Eloise Marshall
November 11, 2018

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.

"There is no duty on MPs to surrender to a bad deal", he writes in the Sunday Times.

The British prime minister is set for a crunch meeting with her Cabinet early this week, where she will attempt to get her European Union withdrawal agreement signed off by senior ministers.

The UK may not be able to reach a withdrawal deal with the European Union because controversial issues are still blocking an agreement, trade minister Liam Fox stated.

If Theresa May is unable to bring back a good deal to Parliament, then there must be a general election to allow Labour the chance to take over negotiations and tell the EU: "The grown ups have arrived". He vowed never to support it in a Commons vote and called for a second referendum.

Downing Street spokesman said the referendum "was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

"The "new" idea of a United Kingdom customs arrangement does not appear to be a genuinely UK-wide offer but a GB offer and an NI offer badged as one - Northern Ireland in the EU customs territory and GB in a customs union", she wrote in the Belfast Telegraph.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised. will be a awful mistake", Jo Johnson wrote in a stinging resignation statement.

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As the United Kingdom continues to hurtle towards Brexit with no deal in place, plenty of leading voices are calling for the public to vote on the issue once again.

"The Prime Minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in Government". The better alternative, he believes, is to have another vote on whether the people want to actually leave now when they know the cost they will have to pay.

'If I was Theresa May, I would call a second referendum - no doubt, ' he told Politico.

But, like Corbyn, May's MPs appeared to rally around her, with both Tom Tugendhat and defence minister Tobias Ellwood arguing against speculation on the Brexit deal.

Jo Johnson, who supported Remain in the referendum campaign, delivered a stinging rebuke to Mrs May's Brexit position as he walked out of Government in protest.

The departing minister noted Brexit had divided Britain, political parties and "families too", but added: "what is now being proposed won't be anything like what was promised two years ago" during the referendum campaign.

Writing in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, she said she had raised DUP concerns with Mrs May, but the PM's response failed to allay their fears.

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