Published: Sat, November 10, 2018

Jo Johnson resignation deals major blow to Theresa May's Brexit hopes

Jo Johnson resignation deals major blow to Theresa May's Brexit hopes

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised. will be a bad mistake", Jo Johnson wrote in a stinging resignation statement.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised. even as I write, will be a awful mistake", he wrote in a stinging resignation statement.

Jo Johnson said the choice being offered was between a "travesty of Brexit" under the deal being thrashed out by the Prime Minister and the European Union, or the "untold damage" of a no-deal Brexit.

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".

Amid the Tory infighting, DUP leader Arlene Foster made it clear her party would vote against the PM's current proposals, warning such an agreement would leave the United Kingdom "handcuffed" to the European Union with a sea border between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

The choice being presented to the British people was no choice at all, he said in an online article, announcing his resignation.

"At times, I believed this was possible".

Johnson's statement was published after May spent much of the day in France and Belgium, laying wreaths alongside fellow leaders to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

May's Downing Street office said on Twitter: "We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum".


"We are barreling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU", he said.

Jenny Chapman, Shadow Brexit Minister, said: "Jo Johnson is the eighteenth minister to resign from Theresa May's government".

It could be deployed in a bid to avoid a chaotic exit if no agreement can be reached or if a deal is voted down. He also says it's imperative to hold a second referendum on whatever deal the prime minister reaches with the bloc.

'To do anything less will do grave damage to our democracy'. "There are many Conservative MPs who share Jo Johnson's serious concerns".

If a deal is voted down by parliament, the country could be thrust into an uncertain future: leaving abruptly without a deal, the collapse of May's government, an election, or, as some opponents of Brexit hope, a new referendum.

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.

In a tweet, Boris said he had "boundless admiration" for his brother and that they are "united in dismay" at the indefensibility of May's position even though they disagree over Brexit.

"My brother Boris, who led the leave campaign, is as unhappy with the Government's proposals as I am", he said. On that he is unquestionably right. We speak to former attorney general Dominic Grieve.

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