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

Eloise Todd, head of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said: "This is an incredibly courageous move from Jo Johnson at a time when the public desperately needs more MPs to act in the national interest". It was unclear whether others would follow Johnson out of government.

The British government was thrown into a fresh round of turbulence on Friday as Jo Johnson, the brother of Boris Johnson and the country's Transport Minister, resigned unexpectedly and lashed out at the direction of government negotiations on Brexit, describing it as the country's worst instance of statecraft since the 1956 Suez crisis.

His older brother Boris resigned in July to protest May's Brexit plan - but Boris did so as a staunch support of a hard-line Brexit, while Jo Johnson backed the "remain" side during the June, 2016 referendum.

"My brother Boris.is as unhappy with the government's proposals as I am", he said.

Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister and a supporter of the People's Vote campaign group, added: "This is a very significant resignation".

Johnson, who was pictured with his father Stanley outside BBC Broadcasting House in London this morning, said: 'I know many are reflecting hard about the deal that's looming and how they will respond to it but it's obviously for each of them to work out how best to respond.

'To do anything less will do grave damage to our democracy'.

A senior source in the People's Vote campaign told Business Insider last week that up to three Conservative MPs would declare support for another referendum this month.

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"This prospect alone would be a resigning matter for me as a constituency MP, but it is just a facet of a far greater problem facing the nation". I have today written to the Prime Minister asking her to accept my resignation from the Government.

It could be deployed in a bid to avoid a chaotic exit if no agreement can be reached or if a deal is voted down.

Labour accused May of losing her grip on power.

Jo Johnson's resignation appears to have taken Westminster by surprise and is yet another blow to the prime minister's faltering government as it tries to strike a deal with Brussels over Britain leaving the European Union.

The terms Theresa May appears to have struck with Brussels would lead to Britain becoming a "vassalage state", Johnson said, or would lead to the United Kingdom crashing out on WTO rules on the other hand.

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