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Minister Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over Brexit, calls for new vote

Minister Jo Johnson quits United Kingdom government over Brexit, calls for new vote

"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.

For good measure he added that Mrs May's handling of Brexit "is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said: "We warmly welcome Jo Johnson's support of the campaign to give the people the final say on the deal and a chance to exit from Brexit".

Having lost both Johnson brothers from her Government, Mrs May.

His resignation comes months after his brother quit as Foreign Secretary over Theresa May's Chequers summit. The critique from Johnson underscores the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce deal, which London and Brussels say is 95% done, approved by her own fractious party. That's why I voted to start the Article 50 process and for two years have backed the prime minister in her efforts to secure the best deal for the country.

He added that the deals on offer could "inflict untold damage on our nation".

The resignation is not just significant for the government's immediate plans, but also is yet another vote in parliament that could reject the Brexit plan, leaving the whole project in a crisis without any clear resolution.

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The employee added that the firm threatened to reduce their severance pay should they resign from their jobs. Police in Zunyi county police arrested three managers and they were later sentenced to jail time.

In a blog explaining his decision, he said: "It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a bad mistake".

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

Asked on Friday whether an agreement could make it through Parliament, de facto deputy PM David Lidington said he hoped that if a deal is agreed between the United Kingdom and European Union it would create a "new dynamic" in Westminster.

"This is the time for all of them, as Jo Johnson has done, to look deep inside their consciences, to reflect deeply on their responsibilities, and do the right thing for future generations". We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum. "We've been hurtling towards a blindfolded Brexit for too long, so it's about time that politicians hand back control to the people of this country by giving them the final say on Brexit with the option to stay and lead in Europe".

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

In a tweet, Boris said he had "boundless admiration" for his brother and that they are "united in dismay" at the indefensibility of May's position even though they disagree over Brexit.


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