Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

In a video on Twitter, Johnson said the United Kingdom was "barrelling" towards an incoherent Brexit, leaving the nation "trapped" in an subordinate relationship to the European Union.

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, resigned from British Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Friday, calling in a withering critique for another referendum to avoid her Brexit plans unleashing Britain's greatest crisis since World War Two.

The "democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say", he argued.

Jo Johnson's resignation, and his call for a fresh referendum to test voter sentiment, further complicates matters for May as she tries to strike a deal with European Union leaders that would pass muster with her own cabinet and win backing in Parliament.

For good measure he added that Mrs May's handling of Brexit "is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis". May had been expected to rally her cabinet around her Brexit plan at a meeting originally due this week.

The resignation of such a high-profile figure, just days after Britain suggested it was close to a deal is seen as hugely significant. potentially leading to other Conservative MPs and Ministers speaking out in favour of a second referendum.

But in a pointed message to his brother and other Brexiteers, he said: "Inflicting such serious economic and political harm on the country will leave an indelible impression of incompetence in the minds of the public".

Sarri dissatisfied with sluggish Chelsea's slim Europa League win
Cesc Fabregas is doubtful because of illness, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek's back problem will be assessed. After we played Arsenal and Manchester United.

If Britain does leave the EU, Johnson believes that the chaos will be preferable to the terms offered by the union because, eventually, Britain will adapt.

Asked if his brother Boris Johnson had lied to voters during the referendum about Brexit, the former transport minister said: "In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that have shown to be undeliverable. The referendum took place.What we can do is recognize the reasons why people voted leave".

"I don't think that's the answer because what we have to do now is accept the democratic will of the British people and get the best agreement possible", Fox said.

However he emphasised that a "no deal" Brexit, which the government insists is the only other option, would mean "chaos" that would cause disruption, delay and deep damage to the United Kingdom economy. "We know a General Election is their first choice, question becomes what is their second choice - exit or referendum".

Downing Street thanked him for his work but continued to insist there was no prospect of another referendum "under any circumstances".

"Jo Johnson is the eighteenth minister to resign from Theresa May's government".

Related Articles