Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit

Cesar Mills
November 11, 2018

Corbyn said any Brexit deal brought to the Commons by the government would need to be measured against Labour's six tests for a withdrawal agreement.

May is expected to hold a cabinet meeting later this month in the hope of securing her ministers' support for her negotiating stance - and hopes to strike an exit deal with the European Union in the next few weeks.

Labour Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman said that Theresa May had "lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU".

"And, if they can't, because they believe it's a bad deal for the country, then, honourably, they would have to resign".

I'd say you couldn't make it up, except I think I said that about something Brexit-related last week (Arron Banks saying that he'd vote Remain in a second referendum, perhaps?) and the week before.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history". Talks have stalled over the contentious Ireland border.

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

Asked what would happen if Britain failed to get its way over outstanding issues such as Northern Ireland, he said: "Well in that case we may not be able to reach an agreement with the European Union". The better alternative, he believes, is to have another vote on whether the people want to actually leave now when they know the cost they will have to pay.

Jo Johnson says the PM is presenting Britain with a choice between "vassalage and chaos" and that, if nothing else, Brexit has united Remainer Jo and Leaver Boris in their dismay at the path down which Britain is heading. The development comes a day after Jo Johnson quit as transport minister.

Rachel also spoke to Andrew Pierce about how she wished the nation could disagree as amicably as the Johnson family does on the subject of Brexit and how a joint antipathy towards the Chequers deal had in fact united her brothers.

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.

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.

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