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Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit and calls for second referendum

Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit and calls for second referendum

Transport Minister Jo Johnson has stepped down to protest UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.

"Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War", said Johnson, a former Financial Times journalist who voted to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

Johnson's statement was published after May spent much of the day in France and Belgium, laying wreaths alongside fellow leaders to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

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

On Friday the DUP, whose support Theresa May relies on for votes in the Commons, said they can not support any deal which included the possibility that Northern Ireland would be treated differently from the rest of the UK.

But the fragile alliance keeping Mrs May in power has been strained as the Democratic Unionist Party railed against measures it fears will create a border down the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. "To do anything less will do grave damage to our democracy". Tory MPs Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston, Justine Greening, Philip Lee and Guto Bebb are already supporters of the campaign for another Brexit referendum.

His decision was welcomed by campaigners for a second referendum, with some privately suggesting other junior ministers could join him in the coming days.

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He described this as "a failure of British statecraft unseen since the Suez crisis" but said even a no-deal Brexit "may well be better than the never-ending purgatory" being put forward by the prime minister.

Eloise Todd, of 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".

The former foreign secretary and his Remain-supporting brother were on opposite sides of the Brexit divide but were "united in dismay" at the "intellectually and politically indefensible" UK position. "If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

Johnson - who had backed staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum - is the younger brother of Boris Johnson, who spearheaded the pro-Brexit campaign and quit as foreign secretary in July over May's Brexit blueprint.

Labour said the resignation - the 18th during the PM's tenure - showed May had lost authority and could not negotiate Brexit. Indeed he recently observed that the proposed arrangements were "substantially worse than staying in the EU". On that he is unquestionably right.

His older brother Boris wrote on Twitter after the announcement: 'Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo.


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