Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

British Minister quits over Brexit plan

British Minister quits over Brexit plan

The Tory MP, who headed Parliament's fight to give MPs the final say on Theresa May's Brexit deal at the end of the negotiations, claimed Parliament could impose a proposal to extend Article 50 at the end of the negotiations in case MPs voted down the deal reached by the Prime Minister with Brussels.

Johnson said Brussels offered Britain a chose between "vassalage and chaos" and that the document was "a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

"The second option is a "no deal" Brexit that I know as a transport minister will inflict untold damage on our nation".

Jo Johnson voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum while his brother Boris, who quit as foreign secretary in July, was a leading Brexiteer.

"If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

He also supported a so-called people's vote, in which the government would ask the public whether it still wants to leave the EU.

Mr Johnson's sister, The New European columnist Rachel Johnson, tweeted: "Am hugely proud of my honourable and principled brother Jo who has put the interests of the country ahead of his political career".

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He told a tech industry meeting in London on Wednesday: "I don't think it is a question so much of the risk of major shortages, but I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes".

But he said a second referendum is "not the way forward and is not supported by the public".

The MP, who is Boris Johnson's brother, said the withdrawal deal now being negotiated with the European Union "will be a bad mistake".

Labour Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman said that Theresa May had "lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU".

Still under the No Deal scenario "Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War", he said.

Earlier on Friday, the DUP accused the Prime Minister Theresa May of breaking promises over plans to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

May is expected to hold a cabinet meeting later this month in the hope of securing ministers' support for her negotiating stance and hopes to strike an exit deal with the European Union in the next few weeks.

Britain's government cannot stop a case seeking to determine whether the country can unilaterally reverse Brexit - due to be considered by Europe's top court on November 27 - Scotland's Court of Session ruled on Thursday.

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