United Kingdom economy picks up but slowdown looms before Brexit

United Kingdom economy picks up but slowdown looms before Brexit

The brother of former foreign secretary Boris said: "It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a bad mistake".

Johnson outlined the reasons behind his decision in an article, accompanied by a video.

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.

Stanley Johnson, the father of Jo Johnson, has said he is "very proud" of his son following his resignation from the government over Brexit.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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

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Mr Johnson, younger brother of Boris, used his resignation to call for a second vote, claiming it was now "imperative" to go back to the public to "check they are content" with Mrs May's proposals for Brexit.

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

Prime Minister Theresa May's government, struggling to deliver Brexit, had argued that whether or not Britain could reverse the decision was immaterial, since the government had no intention of doing so.

"I'm optimistic Britain and the European Union will reach a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations in the near future", he said, adding that constructive talks on questions of detail made him feel upbeat. And the DUP leader said her party could not support Theresa May's current position.

The ex-transport minister said: "Hopes for the easiest deal in history have proved to be delusions".

Boris Johnson confirmed they were "united in dismay".

The departing minister noted Brexit had divided Britain, political parties and "families too", but added: "what is now being proposed won't be anything like what was promised two years ago" during the referendum campaign.

Giving his response on Twitter, Boris wrote: "Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo".

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