Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

Lamar Ellis
November 10, 2018

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

"My view is that this is so different from what was billed that it would be an absolute travesty if we don't go back to the people and ask if they want to exit the European Union on this extraordinarily hopeless basis".

"Instead of "in Europe but not run by Europe", we will be out of Europe and yet wholly subject to European rules".

In a long statement, the former rail minister, who voted to remain in the 2016 referendum, said: 'I have today written to the Prime Minister asking her to accept my resignation from the Government.

If a deal is voted down by parliament, the country could be thrust into an uncertain future.

"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 bad mistake", said Johnson, who was a transport minister in the government.

"Indeed, the choice being presented to the British people is no choice at all".

The only alternative on the table, he said, is a no-deal Brexit that would "inflict untold damage" on Britain.

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".

Johnson said "Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer in May's party, told BBC Radio he rejected the call for another referendum but agreed with the criticism of the deal.

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Amid the Tory infighting, DUP leader Arlene Foster made it clear her party would vote against the PM's current proposals.

Ahead of a conference of the Eurosceptic Bruges Group on Saturday, Tory MP Mark Francois said further ministerial resignations could not be ruled out.

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

"I hope and I believe that we can secure that majority in Parliament for the agreement".

The resignation came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Brexit can not be stopped.

At the same time, the sources claimed that Brussels isn't sure whether Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet approves of her plans.

But Mrs May will then have to convince many in her own party, as well as others, she has negotiated a good deal before Britain's planned European Union exit next March.

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

He denied his actions amounted to a coup against the prime minister.

"He has not done that". Here is a young politician with everything to gain from staying inside the government, pursuing his distinguished career, keeping his head down and waiting for events to take their course.

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