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Jo Johnson quits government over Brexit, calling for second referendum

Jo Johnson has called for a second referendum Jo Johnson has called for a second referendum
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 09:44

Having lost both Johnson brothers from her Government, Mrs May. "Now is the time for people to stand up for what they believe in or we will sleepwalk to a #Brexit disaster".

The DUP, whose 10 MPs May relies on for her majority, has suggested it could vote down the deal if it fears it could result in new customs or regulatory checks between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

"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.

Johnson said Brussels offered Britain a chose between "vassalage and chaos" and that the document was "a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

While the majority of his constituents voted to leave the European Union, he rejected the idea that a vote on "what an idealised Brexit might offer" versus what was being delivered in reality, matched up to what many had voted for, describing the current state of things as an affront to democracy.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, whose party supports calls for a "People's Vote" on the final deal, said: "We warmly welcome Jo Johnson's support of the campaign to give the people the final say on the deal and a chance to exit from Brexit".

Boris Johnson quit as foreign secretary in July.

Brexit negotiations have put Britain on the brink of the greatest crisis it has faced since the Second World War, Transport Minister Jo Johnson warned in his resignation letter.

Mr Johnson's resignation came just hours after Mrs May's de facto deputy said he hoped a deal would result in a "new dynamic" at Westminster, with MPs rallying behind the Prime Minister.

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They would be faced with "product on the table" - two documents agreed and endorsed by the United Kingdom and 27 European Union governments - "that will have involved compromises, give and take on all sides".

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He said: "I hope and I believe that we can secure that majority in parliament".

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

But even a no-deal Brexit "may well be better than the never-ending purgatory" that Mrs May's plan would offer.

"Theresa May is in office, but not in power".

Johnson became the latest senior Tory to back the idea of a second referendum and appeared to support the approach suggested by the former education secretary Justine Greening, who has suggested a three-option referendum.

"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". He has resigned on an issue of principle putting the country before his party and his own career.