Jo Johnson resigns from government over Brexit and calls for second referendum
Boris Johnson’s brother Jo sensationally give up the Government this night – and demanded a second Brexit referendum.
Transport Minister Mr Johnson sponsored Remain within the 2016 referendum.
But in a resignation video posted on Twitter, he warned Theresa May’s withdrawal deal would depart the United Kingdom outdoor the EU however “wholly subject” to its laws.
The Orpington MP, whose brother Boris spearheaded the Leave marketing campaign, mentioned: “I believe it’s crucial that we now return to the folks and test that they’re content material to continue in this unusual foundation.
“Instead of ‘in Europe but not run by Europe’, we will be out of Europe and yet wholly subject to European rules.”
He was once up to now a universities minister.
Mr Johnson says the hopes that existed for the “easiest deal in history” have became out to be “delusions”.
He mentioned the United Kingdom is on the point of the “biggest crisis since World War II”.
“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 terrible mistake,” he mentioned.
He went on: “We are barrelling against an incoherent Brexit this is going to go away us trapped in an insubordinate courting to the EU, without a say over the foundations that may govern massive swathes of our financial system.
“This is totally unacceptable and unsustainable for a proud democracy similar to our personal.
“In fact, so great is the gulf now between what was promised in the referendum campaign and what is now on offer in the Prime Minister’s proposed deal that I have had no choice but to submit my resignation to the Prime Minister this afternoon.”
Boris tweeted his beef up for his brother’s choice regardless of disagreeing together with his place on Brexit.
He mentioned: “Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo.
“We won’t have agreed about brexit however we’re united in dismay on the intellectually and politically indefensible of the United Kingdom place,” he mentioned.
“This is not taking back control. It is a surrender of control. It does not remotely correspond to the mandate of the people in June 2016.”
Mr Johnson’s sister, tv character Rachel Johnson, tweeted: “Am hugely proud of my honourable and principled brother Jo who has put the interests of the country ahead of his political career.”
Former Tory minister Justine Greening praised Mr Johnson.
“He was once an improbable Minister to paintings with while we had been on the DfE. It’s a tragic loss for Gvt, however Brexit is above celebration politics.”
Jenny Chapman MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, mentioned: “Jo Johnson is the eighteenth minister to surrender from Theresa May’s government. She has misplaced all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal inside of her personal celebration, let by myself with the EU.
“Theresa May is in administrative center, however no longer in energy.”
Labour MP Stephen Doughty mentioned: “This is an unheard of state of affairs and after a horrible few days for the Prime Minister, and her ignorant and cavalier Brexit Secretary presentations simply what chaos she and the Government at the moment are in.
“The momentum for a last say with a other people’s vote on Brexit is rising through the day and Jo Johnson will have to be applauded for having the braveness of his convictions to mention precisely what many others in Government together with different Ministers had been pronouncing privately for months.
“The query is will others now do the similar and take the decisive step he has.”
One senior Labour MP believed different Conservative frontbenchers may practice Mr Johnson.
They advised the Mirror: “A number of other Tory ministers are very close to the edge”.
Mr Johnson was once first elected MP for Orpington, Kent, in 2010.
He held the protected Tory seat with a 19,461 majority ultimately yr’s snap common election.