More ministers poised to quit over Theresa May’s Brexit plans - Jo Johnson

Blanche Robertson
November 11, 2018

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, whose party supports calls for a "People's Vote" on the final deal, said: "We warmly welcome Jo Johnson's support of the campaign to give the people the final say on the deal and a chance to exit from Brexit".

Senior Conservative sources told i that Mr Johnson had not sought to speak to the Prime Minister about his intentions, nor had he written to her before announcing his resignation, breaking with usual convention.

To give the public a choice between these two disastrous versions of Brexit would be a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he said, referencing the 1956 conflict against Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser that is widely seen as marking the moment at which Britain formally lost its imperial role in the world.

Quitting as junior transport minister, Johnson called May's Brexit plans "delusional" and said he could not vote for the deal she is expected to unveil in parliament within weeks.

The MP for Orpington is brother to Boris Johnson, the Brexit-supporting former Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary - but, like sister Rachel, was himself a Remain supporter during Britain's referendum on European Union membership in 2016.

"I reject this false choice between the PM's deal and "no deal" chaos", he wrote.

"I think it is imperative that we now go back to the people and check that they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis", he added.

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'To do anything less will do grave damage to our democracy'. Damian Green, the former first secretary of state, said a new referendum would be unlikely to deliver a clear result. Tory MPs Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston, Justine Greening, Philip Lee and Guto Bebb are already supporters of the campaign for another Brexit referendum.

"My loyalty to my party is undimmed", Johnson added. I have today written to the Prime Minister asking her to accept my resignation from the Government.

The UK is set to divorce the European Union on 29 March 2019, with the transition period set to end in December 2020, and Downing Street is seeking to settle the remaining five percent of the withdrawal agreement to prompt a deal-making summit later in November.

The MP for Orpington, who left his post as Transport Minister on Friday, said that those in government will be "reflecting hard" about whether or not to follow in his footsteps.

"We've been hurtling towards a blindfolded Brexit for too long, so it's about time that politicians hand back control to the people of this country by giving them the final say on Brexit - with the option to stay and lead in Europe". This means journalists are losing the ability to hold the rich and powerful to account.

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

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