British govt minister quits over Brexit, calls for new vote

British govt minister quits over Brexit, calls for new vote

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 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.

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

While the majority of his constituents voted to leave the European Union, he rejected the idea that a vote on "what an idealised Brexit might offer" versus what was being delivered in reality, matched up to what many had voted for, describing the current state of things as an affront to democracy.

But calls for a second Brexit referendum have been attacked by ex-first secretary of state Damian Green.

"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", he said.

And he described the idea the United Kingdom would be able to negotiate a deal once it had "lost its seat at the table" was a "con on the British people".

Mr Johnson, younger brother of Boris, used his resignation to call for a second vote, claiming it was now "imperative" to go back to the public to "check they are content" with Mrs May's proposals for Brexit.

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The Orpington MP acknowledged that a no-deal Brexit could result in "Kent becoming the Lorry Park of England", with real questions about guaranteeing supplies of food and medicines. May had been expected to rally her cabinet around her Brexit plan at a meeting originally due this week.

But in a warning to his brother and fellow Brexiteers, he added: "Inflicting such serious economic and political harm on the country will leave an indelible impression of incompetence in the minds of the public".

Mr Johnson voted to remain in the 2016 EU Referendum and is now backing the campaign for a People's Vote.

In contrast to his brother, however, Mr Johnson voted Remain in the European Union referendum, and is now pushing for a second vote on leaving the bloc.

"I don't think that's the answer because what we have to do now is accept the democratic will of the British people and get the best agreement possible", Fox said.

Jo Johnson is right. It was unclear whether others would follow Johnson out of government.

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history". Meanwhile, a spokesman for May's office says there will not be a second referendum on Brexit under any circumstances.

He denied his actions amounted to a coup against the prime minister.

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