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Boris Johnson's brother quits over Brexit deal

Boris Johnson's brother quits over Brexit deal

His older brother Boris resigned in July to protest May's Brexit plan - but Boris did so as a staunch support of a hard-line Brexit, while Jo Johnson backed the "remain" side during the June, 2016 referendum.

He added that, given Brexit had "turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say".

"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".

"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. "If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay", he said.

Cabinet ministers have been invited this week to read the UK's draft withdrawal deal with the EU. 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.

Serious impact?Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Johnson was elected MP for Orpington in 2010 and was made transport minister in January.

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The unnamed pro-Brexit ministers have briefed May on their alternative plan, the newspaper reported, without citing sources. I have never rebelled on any issue before now.

Eloise Todd, head of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said: "This is an incredibly courageous move from Jo Johnson at a time when the public desperately needs more MPs to act in the national interest. But my duty to my constituents and our great nation has forced me to act". Meanwhile, a spokesman for May's office says there will not be a second referendum on Brexit under any circumstances.

Johnson is the 14th minister to have resigned from government since November a year ago and the most senior to have called for another referendum in his leaving statement.

He wrote: "Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo".

Speaking to Matt Frei, Stanley Johnson reiterated that Jo resigned because the government is not delivering Brexit and because he can not support the Brexit plan "in honesty". He said in its current form it would not have enough Conservative support to get through a vote in parliament.

But while Jo Johnson called Theresa May's Brexit strategy "a failure of British statecraft unseen since the Suez crisis" and being bound by European Union rules with no say a "never-ending purgatory", he mocked his brother's suggestion that a no deal Brexit would be a realistic option, adding: "inflicting such serious economic and political harm on the country will leave an indelible impression of incompetence in the minds of the public".


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