Published: Sun, November 11, 2018

Ministers gave Theresa May a plan for no deal Brexit

Ministers gave Theresa May a plan for no deal Brexit

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, who quit the British government on Friday over Brexit, said he knew many other ministers and lawmakers were "reflecting hard" on whether to accept an exit deal and would welcome other resignations.

For Labour, Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman said Mrs May had "lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU".

Downing Street said on Friday evening 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.

This is despite the fact he reportedly wrote the 2015 election manifesto for the Tory party promising to "honour the result of the [2016] referendum, whatever the outcome".

'I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so, good on them'.

Mr. Johnson the brother of former foreign secretary Boris Johnson whose resignation on July 9th sent the sterling to a 13 month low in August at 1.2662, said that there needs to a public vote on the terms of the UK's departure from the European Union. "The issue now has to be how we bring people together, bring people together around the principles of our economy, our rights, and that we don't turn this country into some kind of offshore tax haven on the lines that Donald Trump might want us to".

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

Asked yesterday if he could agree with Johnson's call for a new referendum, Corbyn said: "Not really, no".

The EU insists that a deal must lead to either a soft Brexit for the entire United Kingdom, or a sea border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Even a no-deal Brexit "may well be better than the never-ending purgatory" that Mrs May's plan would offer, he said.

"We are seeing a hard end to the negotiation", he told Sky News.

Beyond the symbolism and fraternal melodrama, Jo Johnson's decision to resign to campaign for a second referendum highlights a much more serious problem for Theresa May than just the loss of another minister.

"I think a second referendum would be divisive, but it wouldn't be decisive".

May issued an immediate rejection through her Downing Street spokesman: "We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum".

They also believe it would be easier to negotiate a new relationship with Europe and could cut the cost of leaving by slicing £20bn off the so-called divorce bill by only paying European Union membership fees up until 2021.

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