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Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over 'delusional' Brexit deal

He said he will vote against the deal Mrs May brings back from Brussels, just days after her withdrawal agreement plan was signed off by her cabinet.

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

Quitting as a 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.

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.

The MP for Orpington is brother to Boris Johnson, the Brexit-supporting former Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary - but, like sister Rachel, was himself a Remain supporter during Britain's referendum on European Union membership in 2016. "If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay", he said.

A spokesman said: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history". "We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum".

One of the scenarios being discussed is Britain remaining in a customs agreement with the European Union for a limited period even after the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, which would avoid the introduction of new border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Walker said.

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Compounding May's problems on Friday, the Northern Irish party that props up her minority government cast her Brexit negotiation as a betrayal and said it could not support any deal that divided the United Kingdom.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis, who quit over Brexit in July, said Mr Johnson was right to describe the Government's proposals as a "travesty of Brexit".

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

Cabinet ministers have been visiting 10 Downing St this week to see details of the government's plan for the "divorce deal" and subsequent trading and customs relationship with the EU.

Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said: "Jo Johnson is the 18th minister to resign from Theresa May's government".

As campaigners step up pressure on the government calling for the public to be given another say on Brexit, the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn dashed campaigners' hopes he could back another referendum.

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