Minister Jo Johnson quits over Brexit and calls for new vote

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 11, 2018

"We may or may not be able to get an agreement in which case we would have to leave the European Union without one, but we're not going to be bounced into having another referendum", he said.

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.

MPs have praised Jo Johnson after he resigned from his positions as Transport Minister and Minister for London over Theresa May's "unacceptable" Brexit deal.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalized in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a awful mistake", said Jo Johnson, who was a transport minister in the government.

Downing Street said last night it would not agree to a second referendum vote under any circumstances and reiterated a promise not to sign the United Kingdom up to any deal which could return a hard border to Northern Ireland.

'Of course I talk to colleagues across Parliament and those conversations always remind me of how deeply MPs think about their responsibilities, and I know many are reflecting hard about the deal that's looming and how they will respond to it. "I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so then good on them".

Johnson, backed the Remain side during the referendum said it would be "a travesty" not to have a second referendum.

Other pro-EU ministers who might be galvanised into following Mr Johnson's departure include Liam Fox, Philip Hammond and Chris Grayling, who all voted to remain in the European Union in 2016.

Speaking to Matt Frei, Stanley Johnson reiterated that Jo resigned because the government is not delivering Brexit and because he can not support the Brexit plan "in honesty".

It was "imperative" to "go back to the people and check they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis".

She said: "Huge respect for Jo Johnson".

But he said a second referendum is "not the way forward and is not supported by the public".

"All the evidence is that the country is still, more or less, split down the middle".

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