Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Will Jo Johnson's exit shift Brexit balance?

Will Jo Johnson's exit shift Brexit balance?

His resignation raises fears that other Remainers will follow suit or be emboldened to vote down a deal.

Johnson is the sixth minister to resign over Brexit in Theresa May's cabinet, following in the footsteps of his brother Boris, David Davis, Boris Johnson, Philip Lee, Steve Baker and Guto Bebb.

A spokesperson for May's office said later Friday that under no circumstances would a second referendum be held.

Asked about this on Sunday, however, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry insisted Labour could still back a second referendum, although they would prefer a general election which is [3.6] to happen before Brexit.

Theresa May's hopes of winning parliament's backing for her Brexit deal have been plunged into fresh doubt after Jo Johnson resigned from the government and accused her of offering MPs a choice between "vassalage and chaos", The Guardian reported. He vowed never to support it in a Commons vote and called for a second referendum.

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

The wish to avoid at all costs Leo Varakdar, it is the restoration of a border lasts between Ireland and the british province of Northern Ireland, a province that could temporarily stay in the eu customs union.

In a 2016 referendum on European Union membership, Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc.


His sister, Rachel Johnson, 53, is also, like Jo, a remainer.

Jo Johnson, younger brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, said the withdrawal agreement being discussed by European Union and British leaders would greatly weaken Britain and require the country to follow European Union rules without having any say.

"We are barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU".

"The Prime Minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in Government".

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

But even if she does get approval from her top team, there is growing concern that the Brexit deal will be voted down when it is put before MPs in December, according to a number of reports this weekend.

An EU diplomat told Reuters earlier on Saturday that they were cautiously hopeful that an EU summit could happen in November to endorse the deal but that the volatile situation in Britain made it very hard to predict.

Mr Johnson's dramatic move to exit Government, four months after his brother Boris dealt Mrs May a political blow by walking out of Cabinet, took Westminster by surprise.

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