Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 11, 2018

Downing Street thanked him for his work but continued to insist there was no prospect of another referendum "under any circumstances".

The MP for Orpington revealed in an open letter he would vote against the withdrawal agreement in the Commons.

"Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War".

"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", Johnson said.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a bad mistake", he wrote.

"I think that MPs, MEPs too. will be looking at what that deal says", the Cabinet Office minister said.

Boris said he had "boundless admiration" for Jo and that he and his brother were "at the intellectually and politically indefensible of the United Kingdom position".

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.

Mr Johnson, younger brother of Boris, used his resignation to call for a second vote, claiming it was now "imperative" to go back to the public to "check they are content" with Mrs May's proposals for Brexit.

"I know from my own work at the Department of Transport the potential chaos that will follow a "no deal" Brexit".

On Friday the DUP, whose support Theresa May relies on for votes in the Commons, said they can not support any deal which included the possibility that Northern Ireland would be treated differently from the rest of the UK.

In marked contrast to his brother, who remains firm that leaving the European Union without a deal would be no bad thing, and resigned because he believed the deal being negotiated was too soft, Mr. Jo Johnson called for a second referendum.

It added: "The recent subdued business investment environment is consistent with external surveys of investment intentions, which attribute much of the weakness to Brexit-related economic and political uncertainty".

"This is a fascinating situation in which Jo and his sister are united in opposing their brother Boris and his Brexit plans".

Giving his response on Twitter, Boris wrote: "Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo".

Britain's government cannot stop a case seeking to determine whether the country can unilaterally reverse Brexit - due to be considered by Europe's top court on November 27 - Scotland's Court of Session ruled on Thursday.

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