United Kingdom transport Min. resigns over May "delusions"

Andrew Cummings
November 10, 2018

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.

"I think it is imperative that we now go back to the people and check that they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis".

He added: "It's for each MP to come to his or her own view".

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'And everybody is thinking very hard about it'.

"On this most crucial of questions, I believe it is entirely right to go back to the people and ask them to confirm their decision to leave the European Union and, if they choose to do that, to give them the final say on whether we leave with the Prime Minister's deal or without it".

Mr Johnson insisted his resignation was not an attempt to oust the PM.

To give the public a choice between these two disastrous versions of Brexit would be a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he said, referencing the 1956 conflict against Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser that is widely seen as marking the moment at which Britain formally lost its imperial role in the world.

"My brother Boris, who led the "Leave" campaign, is as unhappy with the government's proposals as I am", Jo Johnson said.

"In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that were shown to be undeliverable - no one can dispute that", Johnson said, pointing to the vision of a low-tax, pro-business, Singapore-style economy on the edge of Europe.

Transport minister Jo Johnson dropped his bombshell news in a recorded video message released this afternoon.

Even a no-deal Brexit "may well be better than the never-ending purgatory" that Mrs May's plan would offer, he said.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer in May's party, told BBC Radio he rejected the call for another referendum but agreed with the criticism of the deal.

He told the Today programme: "My basic disagreement with Jo is about the need for a second referendum. All the evidence is that the country is still, more or less, split down the middle". While in September senior party figures indicated support for a second referendum couldn't be ruled out, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell indicated that it was only the terms of leaving that could be put to the public rather than whether Britain should exit or not.

"But Jo was always one of those who wanted to keep Britain in the European Union, he argued to remain in the European Union during the referendum and wants another referendum now. There are many Conservative MPs who share Jo Johnson's serious concerns".

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