Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Brexit: Jo Johnson exit exposes Theresa May's weakness

Jo Johnson resigns as minister over Brexit | London UPDATE 1-British minister optimistic about Brexit deal with EU - Funke - Macroeconomic News
Priscilla Morrison | 11 November, 2018, 02:13

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.

"It's up to (lawmakers) to take a stand, I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so then good on them".

Asked why he thought his son did not resign at the time Chequers was agreed by the Cabinet - and when Boris Johnson handed in his resignation - Stanley claimed it is only now that it is clear the Prime Minister's plan is dead.

"We are seeing a hard end to the negotiation", he noted.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's brother and Orpington MP underlined that the country will be offered an agreement that will "leave our country economically weakened, with no say in the European Union rules it must follow and years of uncertainty for business", or no deal, "that I know as a transport minister will inflict untold damage on our nation".

As a result, he said it would be a "democratic travesty" if the government did not consult the public on whether they still wanted to leave the world's largest trading bloc.

More news: Brexit: Liam Fox challenges PM over right to exit Irish border deal

Speaking to LBC, the father of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and former Transport Minister Jo Johnson claimed his younger son's resignation was dictated by the incapability to support Theresa May's Chequers Brexit proposal.

"Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo", he said.

The referendum, he said, should have three choices, endorse Ms May's deal, leave without a deal, or remain in the EU.

"There is a very important message in there to all Conservative members of Parliament, many of whom are appalled by what is happening but not saying what they think".

He insisted that the the United Kingdom must be able to make the judgement alone, deeming a decision between Dublin and the European Union a failure to deliver "instruction from our voters" given by the referendum.

The minister said that Britain would not accept separate treatment for Northern Ireland under a Brexit deal, and dismissed calls for a second referendum.

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