United Kingdom ex-minister says other officials may resign over Brexit

Theresa May leaves the back of Number 10 Downing Street

Theresa May leaves the back of Number 10 Downing Street

Describing Mrs May's Brexit plan as "a awful mistake" he accused the Prime Minister of negotiating a deal which wasn't "anything like what was promised".

In a video on Twitter, Johnson said the United Kingdom was "barrelling" towards an incoherent Brexit, leaving the nation "trapped" in an subordinate relationship to the European Union. "But we are not going to be bounced into another referendum, so that those who lost the previous one can try to apply continued membership of the European Union to the people of Britain in perpetuity".

Its leader Arlene Foster said Friday she could not vote for the deal if it could see the province treated differently from the rest of the UK.

He said May's Brexit plan would damage Britain's national interest.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, whose party supports calls for a "People's Vote" on the final deal, 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".

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

"To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", Johnson said.

Speaking of his brother, Jo Johnson acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations "have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

Asked whether he believed the British public had changed its view on Brexit, he replied: "I think there's a great deal to suggest that the public are changing their view and that a lot of people now realise that in fact leaving the European Union in the way that it is projected, it's likely to leave us at a disadvantage".

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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".

Rachel said that she felt there had been a "change of mood" in light of her brother's resignation.

"Well done to Jo Johnson on standing up for what he believes in", she said.

He called for a new public vote on leaving the EU.

"Now is the time for people to stand up for what they believe in or we will sleepwalk to a Brexit disaster".

Corbyn, a long-standing Eurosceptic, has seemingly been mindful that a significant amount of Labour voters opted to leave in the June 2016 referendum.

May's Downing Street office said on Twitter: "We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum".

Like his older brother, Mr Johnson enjoyed a distinguished career in journalism before entering politics, working for the Financial Times as, among other roles, South East Asia bureau chief and Paris correspondent.

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