Published: Sun, November 11, 2018

British govt minister quits over Brexit, calls for new vote

British govt minister quits over Brexit, calls for new vote

Speaking a day after Jo Johnson quit the government and called for a fresh vote on Brexit, Fox said Johnson was an excellent transport minister.

He labelled Theresa May's Brexit plans as "delusional" and said they put the country at the brink of the greatest crisis since World War Two.

Calling for a new referendum, Mr Johnson said: "My view is that this is so different from what was billed that it would be an absolute travesty if we do not go back to the people and ask them if they actually do want to exit the European Union on this extraordinarily hopeless basis".

Johnson says Theresa May's Brexit strategy will make Britain subordinate to the EU.

The Tory MP said Theresa May's European Union exit plans are pushing the United Kingdom towards an "incoherent" departure from the bloc, leaving the United Kingdom "trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU".

"To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", Johnson said. "Now is the time for people to stand up for what they believe in or we will sleepwalk to a #Brexit disaster".

In an article published online, Johnson backed his brother Boris, who also quit the government earlier this year in protest against May's handling of Brexit negotiations. And the DUP leader said her party could not support Theresa May's current position.

His departure spells trouble for the prime minister's hopes of getting her deal through parliament. "More resignations on the cards under any circumstances I would think", predicted David Henig, a former senior civil servant at the Department of Trade.

In an open letter today he wrote: " The government may have to take control of prioritising which lorries and which goods are allowed in and out of the country, an extraordinary and surely unworkable intervention for a government in an advanced capitalist economy.

"I don't think that's the answer because what we have to do now is accept the democratic will of the British people and get the best agreement possible", Fox said.

Labour said the resignation - the 18th during the PM's tenure - showed May had lost authority and could not negotiate Brexit.

Johnson, who was pictured with his father Stanley outside BBC Broadcasting House in London this morning, said: 'I know many are reflecting hard about the deal that's looming and how they will respond to it but it's obviously for each of them to work out how best to respond. May had been expected to rally her cabinet around her Brexit plan at a meeting originally due this week.

"Theresa May is in office, but not in power".

Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister and a supporter of the People's Vote campaign group, added: "This is a very significant resignation. He has resigned on an issue of principle putting the country before his party and his own career".

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