Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit

Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit

Jo Johnson has resigned as the UK's minister of transport, saying the British Prime Minister is delusional about Brexit talks with the European Union.

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"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised. even as I write, will be a awful mistake", he wrote in a stinging resignation statement.

British and EU negotiators had hoped for a final Brexit agreement by October, in order to allow time for ratification by European and British parliaments before a March 29, 2019 deadline.

"This is the moment she has to face down Brussels and make it clear to them that they need to compromise, or we will leave without a deal", a senior United Kingdom cabinet member said, as quoted by the Times.

Boris Johnson was one of the most prominent and influential of the Brexit advocates.

"The "new" idea of a United Kingdom customs arrangement does not appear to be a genuinely UK-wide offer but a GB offer and an NI offer badged as one - Northern Ireland in THE EU customs territory and GB in A customs union".

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"My brother Boris, who led the "Leave" campaign, is as unhappy with the government's proposals as I am", Jo Johnson said.

The choice being presented to the British people was no choice at all, he said in an online article, announcing his resignation.

"When we get the final deal, and it feels like that's not very far away, Cabinet ministers will have to look into their hearts and see whether or not they feel they can support it".

Mr Johnson, younger brother of Boris, used his resignation to call for a second vote, claiming it was now "imperative" to go back to the public to "check they are content" with Mrs May's proposals for Brexit. Supporting a bad deal is not in the national interest.

While Johnson's resignation is likely to spur critics in the Conservative Party, securing a second referendum would also require support from the Labour Party, which is yet to fully clarify its stance on a referendum and what that could entail in terms of the question put to the public.

In his opinion, now we need to ask people whether he agrees with the continuation of Brexit on such "unthinkable".

Speaking during a visit to north-east England, the Labour leader added: "The referendum took place". "My priority is really just to do my best as a now backbench MP to try and encourage the country to pause and reflect before we do something that is irrevocably stupid", Johnson said.

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