Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sterling hammered by Jo Johnson resignation

Sterling hammered by Jo Johnson resignation

He offered a scathing critique of the Prime Minister's Brexit plan as he announced his exit, and suggested that others could be deciding whether to take a similar stand.

Jo Johnson said the choice being offered was between a "travesty of Brexit" under the deal being thrashed out by the Prime Minister and the European Union, or the "untold damage" of a no-deal Brexit.

SNP MP Stephen Gethins said: "Theresa May's authority is completely gone, and it is clear that her attempts to hobble together a deal can't even unite her Government, never mind the country".

"Brexit has divided the country".

In marked contrast to his brother, who remains firm that leaving the European Union without a deal would be no bad thing, and resigned because he believed the deal being negotiated was too soft, Mr. Jo Johnson called for a second referendum.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier this year over the Prime Minister's Chequers proposal, said that the brothers were "united in dismay". This is a con on the British people.

"To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he wrote, adding that from the work of his own Department he was aware that a no-deal scenario could threaten the country's access to fresh food and medicine. "If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay", he said.

Johnson wants a three-way referendum giving the people a choice between remaining in the EU, May's deal and no deal.

But to leave at this moment, right when Theresa May is trying to stitch together a final deal, could have a serious impact.

Another brother, Leo, 50, is not in public life but, as a remainer, he tweeted: "Respect to you Jo my bro".

Eloise Todd, head of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said: "This is an incredibly courageous move from Jo Johnson at a time when the public desperately needs more MPs to act in the national interest".

"We can stop this Tory Brexit but, ultimately, it should be for the people to decide", he said.

Corbyn, a long-standing Eurosceptic, has seemingly been mindful that a significant amount of Labour voters opted to leave in the June 2016 referendum.

"Jo Johnson is right to resign over the Withdrawal agreement which does not deliver on the referendum but creates a vassal state".

A spokesperson for May's office said later Friday that under no circumstances would a second referendum be held. It was unclear whether others would follow Johnson out of government.

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