Monday, 10 December, 2018

UK minister resigns over Brexit and backs another referendum

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Jeannette Daniel | 11 November, 2018, 06:46

Johnson - who backs Britain remaining in the European Union - said he is supporting calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the bloc.

At the party conference, Labour delegates left open the possibility of backing a second referendum if it could not force a general election.

The junior transport minister - and younger brother of former foreign minister Boris Johnson - issued a searing critique of May's Brexit deal on Friday when he unexpectedly quit, saying the country needed to pull back from the brink and have a second referendum on leaving the EU.

Its leader Arlene Foster said Friday she could not vote for the deal if it could see the province treated differently from the rest of the UK.

"I know from my own work at the Department of Transport the potential chaos that will follow a "no deal" Brexit".

However, there are concerns that a second referendum could embolden the far-right in the United Kingdom, while Eurosceptics point to examples where votes within EU member states rejecting greater federalism and austerity have been overturned in what they say is yet more evidence that there is a "democrat deficit" within the union.

"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.

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

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Speaking of his brother, Jo Johnson acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations "have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

'We have an instruction from our voters to leave the EU, ' Mr Fox said.

Johnson, backed the Remain side during the referendum said it would be "a travesty" not to have a second referendum.

"This is the time for all of them, as Jo Johnson has done, to look deep inside their consciences, to reflect deeply on their responsibilities, and do the right thing for future generations".

He voted to remain in the European Union while his brother was a leading Brexiteer.

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

"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. It does not remotely correspond to the mandate of the people in June 2016". Asked how he proposed to approve a motion for a second Brexit referendum, the Conservative Remainer argued Parliament would "assert its authority".

Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said: "Jo Johnson is the 18th minister to resign from Theresa May's government".

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