Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
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Brexit : a new resignation

Brexit : a new resignation

One of the scenarios being discussed is Britain remaining in a customs agreement with the European Union for a limited period even after the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, which would avoid the introduction of new border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Walker said.

Johnson said this morning that other ministers are thinking hard about the Brexit and its implications.

Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said Mr Johnson is the 18th minister to resign from Theresa May's government, saying: "She has lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU".

But now there are fears more high profile ministers could follow the Johnson brothers out of the door.

Johnson, brother of former foreign secretary Boris, said of his resignation as transport minister: "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 awful mistake".

Britain's junior Brexit minister told a German media outlet he was optimistic that Britain and the European Union would reach a Brexit deal soon, adding that he hoped this would happen in the next three weeks.


"In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that were shown to be undeliverable - no one can dispute that", Johnson said, pointing to the vision of a low-tax, pro-business, Singapore-style economy on the edge of Europe.

"He was a fantastic Minister to work with whilst we were at the Department for Education".

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

Calling for a second referendum to be held on Brexit, Mr Johnson denounced the choice between Mrs May's deal plans or a no-deal scenario as a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis" that had left Britain facing "vassalage" or "chaos".

She said: "Huge respect for Jo Johnson".

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

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