Minister Jo Johnson quits over Brexit and calls for new vote

Darnell Taylor
November 11, 2018

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.

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

"I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so, good on them".

Many politicians are unhappy with her compromise plans to maintain the free trade of goods with the European Union, which they say will leave Britain subject to decisions in Brussels without any input.

"And thank God Jo has come out today with a bit of sanity".

Johnson, backed the Remain side during the referendum said it would be "a travesty" not to have a second referendum.

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MPs have praised Jo Johnson after he resigned from his positions as Transport Minister and Minister for London over Theresa May's "unacceptable" Brexit deal.

"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".

"There is a very important message in there to all Conservative members of Parliament, many of whom are appalled by what is happening but not saying what they think".

"In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that were shown to be undeliverable - no one can dispute that", Johnson said, pointing to the vision of a low-tax, pro-business, Singapore-style economy on the edge of Europe.

He said: "I think a second referendum would be divisive, but it wouldn't be decisive".

"Given that the reality of Brexit has turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say", Jo Johnson said. "My priority is really just to do my best as a now backbench MP to try and encourage the country to pause and reflect before we do something that is irrevocably stupid", Johnson said.

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