Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Jo Johnson quits and calls for a second referendum

Jo Johnson was transport minister Jo Johnson was transport minister
Orlando Vargas | 10 November, 2018, 19:38

Jo Johnson, who resigned over the government's handling of Brexit, claimed his brother Boris made "false promises" during the referendum campaign and said he would welcome other ministerial resignations.

Jo Johnson has resigned from the Government calling for the public to have a fresh say on Brexit.

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

"To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

The pound sank to a day's low beneath $1.30 on the resignation and also fell against the euro.

The terms Theresa May appears to have struck with Brussels would lead to Britain becoming a "vassalage state", Johnson said, or would lead to the United Kingdom crashing out on WTO rules on the other hand.

In the June 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 51.9 percent, backed leaving the European Union while 16.1 million, or 48.1 percent, backed staying.

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history". We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum.

"The Prime Minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in Government".

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He is the sixth minister in Theresa May's government to quit over Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May this week faced pressure from her Westminster allies in the Democratic Unionist Party not to allow a customs border to split Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Johnson - who had backed staying in the bloc in the 2016 referendum - is the younger brother of Boris Johnson, who spearheaded the pro-Brexit campaign and quit as foreign secretary in July over May's Brexit blueprint.

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.

The timing of the decision will come as a blow to Mrs May, who is priming her Cabinet to sign up to proposals which will allow her to secure a deal on the withdrawal agreement with Brussels.

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

Instead, Johnson said it would be proper to give the British public a chance to vote again because of the way the Brexit negotiations have evolved.

The resignation came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Brexit can not be stopped.

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