Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit

Labour MPs react to Jo Johnson resignation over Brexit

Jo Johnson, who resigned over the government's handling of Brexit, claimed his brother Boris made "false promises" during the referendum campaign and said he would welcome other ministerial resignations.

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history", the spokesman said.

Johnson is the 14th minister to have resigned from government since November previous year.

Johnson is the 14th minister to have resigned from government since November past year and the most senior to have called for another referendum in his leaving statement.

It casts further doubt on Mrs May's chances of pushing her Brexit deal through the Commons. The meeting has been pushed back to next Tuesday.

Cabinet ministers have been invited this week to read the UK's draft withdrawal deal with the EU.

Though the plan has yet to be offered to the European Union, it reportedly includes significant concessions that the government believes will make it acceptable to European Union negotiators.

With great regret, I'm resigning from the Government - I have set out my reasons in this article and the video below.

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Quitting as Transport Minister he warned that his government's course on Brexit would leave the United Kingdom "economically weakened with no say in the European Union rules it must follow", with the only other option a "no-deal Brexit" which would "inflict untold damage on our nation".

Boris Johnson confirmed they were "united in dismay".

To give the public a choice between these two disastrous versions of Brexit would be a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he said, referencing the 1956 conflict against Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser that is widely seen as marking the moment at which Britain formally lost its imperial role in the world.

Johnson slammed Theresa May's proposals, writing: "My brother Boris... recently observed that the proposed arrangements were "substantially worse than staying in the EU". Other MPs should now follow his lead".

The Orpington MP acknowledged that a no-deal Brexit could result in "Kent becoming the Lorry Park of England", with real questions about guaranteeing supplies of food and medicines.

His dramatic resignation, delivered as Mrs May travelled to France to take part in Armistice centennial commemorations, sparked speculation that the PM could face further Cabinet departures in the coming days.

The Conservative MP added that it would be a "democratic travesty" if the public did not get to have their say once again.

"This would not be about re-running the 2016 referendum, but about asking people whether they want to go ahead with Brexit now that we know the deal that is actually available to us".

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