MPs show support for Jo Johnson after resignation

Katie Ramirez
November 11, 2018

It was unclear whether others would follow Johnson out of government.

The unnamed pro-Brexit ministers have briefed May on their alternative plan, the newspaper reported, without citing sources.

British PM Theresa May's office on Friday reiterated her position that there will not, under any circumstances, be a second referendum.

In a video on Twitter, Johnson said the United Kingdom was "barrelling" towards an incoherent Brexit, leaving the nation "trapped" in an subordinate relationship to the European Union.

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".

Labour plunged into fresh Brexit chaos today as Emily Thornberry insisted the party could back a second referendum - despite Jeremy Corbyn saying the process of leaving the European Union "can't be stopped".

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

The DUP leader said "no unionist" could back Mrs May's apparent advocacy of a withdrawal treaty that includes a Northern Ireland specific backstop measure to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Jo Johnson quits and calls for a second referendum
Jenny Chapman, Shadow Brexit Minister, said: "Jo Johnson is the eighteenth minister to resign from Theresa May's government". The ex-transport minister said: "Hopes for the easiest deal in history have proved to be delusions".

"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.

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.

The resignation is not just significant for the government's immediate plans, but also is yet another vote in parliament that could reject the Brexit plan, leaving the whole project in a crisis without any clear resolution.

In a 2016 referendum on European Union membership, Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc.

Former BBC journalist and current University of Kent chancellor Gavin Esler said: "This - from a hugely respected minister - is an important development". British trade minister Liam Fox also issued a fresh warning that Britain may not agree a deal if a solution can not be found. The development comes a day after Jo Johnson quit as transport minister.

"Brexit has divided the country".

"Now is the time for people to stand up for what they believe in or we will sleepwalk to a #Brexit disaster".

His older brother Boris resigned in July to protest May's Brexit plan - but Boris did so as a staunch support of a hard-line Brexit, while Jo Johnson backed the "remain" side during the June, 2016 referendum.

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