Stanley Johnson Gives Instant Reaction As Jo Johnson Resigns From Government

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

The former transport minister quit the government yesterday so that he can vote against what he rightly regards as the greatest humiliation since Suez.

The deal being negotiated with Europe by the government - dubbed the "Chequers Deal" - would leave Britain economically weakened with no say in European Union rules it would have to adhere to for years, while a "no deal" scenario would inflict damage on the country.

Jo Johnson's resignation is another boost to those calling for a new people's vote referendum on Brexit.

This is despite the fact he reportedly wrote the 2015 election manifesto for the Tory party promising to "honour the result of the [2016] referendum, whatever the outcome".

In an article sent to journalists, the MP for Orpington said he would vote against the withdrawal agreement which the prime minister was trying to agree with the European Union, describing it as "a bad mistake".

"My brother Boris, who led the "Leave" campaign, is as unhappy with the government's proposals as I am", Jo Johnson said.

Jo is not a major figure in the Prime Minister's Cabinet, but it will be perceived as a major blow for her crunch Brexit talks. Theresa May has said the withdrawal deal was 95 percent done - but there was no agreement yet on how to guarantee no hard border in Northern Ireland.

Transport minister Jo Johnson dropped his bombshell news in a recorded video message released this afternoon. "I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so then good on them". He said: "I think a second referendum would be divisive, but it wouldn't be decisive".

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Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer in May's party, told BBC Radio he rejected the call for another referendum but agreed with the criticism of the deal.

In response, a Downing Street spokesman said: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

It added: "The prime minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in government".

Describing Mrs May's Brexit plan as "a awful mistake" he accused the Prime Minister of negotiating a deal which wasn't "anything like what was promised".

His brother, who quit as foreign secretary in July, praised his decision, saying they were "united in dismay" at the PM's handling of the negotiations.

Support for May's Brexit plan is dwindling, with the DUP today said to be furious over so-called "backstop to the backstop" proposals on the Irish border, which could divide the province from the rest of the United Kingdom on customs.

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

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