British govt minister quits over Brexit, calls for new vote

British govt minister quits over Brexit, calls for new vote

Dr Fox argued the Government will resist from the pressure and seek to leave on a no-deal basis rather than ignore the result of the 2016 referendum.

"Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War", said Johnson, a former Financial Times journalist who voted to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

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.

This is despite the fact he reportedly wrote the 2015 election manifesto for the Tory party promising to "honour the result of the [2016] referendum, whatever the outcome".

We may not have agreed about Brexit but we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible of the UK position.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised. even as I write, will be a bad mistake", he wrote in a stinging resignation statement.

Jo is not a major figure in the Prime Minister's Cabinet, but it will be perceived as a major blow for her crunch Brexit talks.

He added it would be a "democratic travesty" if Britons were not able to go back to the polls to vote on the terms of the deal that may be struck with Brussels. Theresa May has said the withdrawal deal was 95 percent done - but there was no agreement yet on how to guarantee no hard border in Northern Ireland. "We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum", Downing Street said.

Instead, Johnson said it would be proper to give the British public a chance to vote again because of the way the Brexit negotiations have evolved.

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". "I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so then good on them".

The EU insists that a deal must lead to either a soft Brexit for the entire United Kingdom, or a sea border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Boris Johnson " s brother Jo Johnson has resigned as transport minister, saying the Brexit deal being finalised "will be a awful mistake'.

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

He denied his actions amounted to a coup against the prime minister.

Labour said the resignation - the 18th during the PM's tenure - showed May had lost authority and could not negotiate Brexit.