PM's brother quits as Tory MP and minister

Cheryl Sanders
September 5, 2019

No election until no-deal Brexit ruled out, MPs tell Boris JohnsonHe had been attending meetings of his brother's Cabinet, and said there was an "unresolvable tension".

Stanley, Rachel and Jo Johnson, Boris Johnson's father, sister and brother, wait for the announcement that he has been elected leader of the Conservative party, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, Britain July 23, 2019.

"In recent weeks I've been torn between family loyalty and the national interest", Jo Johnson said in the tweet announcing his decision.

Boris Johnson really needs a Hail Mary pass if he's to fulfill his commitment to leave the European Union on October the 31st.

European diplomats said an election campaign would halt any Brexit talks with the EU and expressed frustration with the turmoil in British politics at such an important juncture in European history.

Johnson's office reiterated Thursday that the prime minister will not seek another Brexit delay from Brussels that would take the United Kingdom's departure past the current October 31 deadline.

Angela Rayner MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, said of the announcement: "Boris Johnson poses such a threat that even his own brother doesn't trust him". None more so than Jo.

Conservative Party members of the upper house of parliament had tabled a series of amendments in an attempt to run down the clock on the delay bill and prevent it being passed before parliament is suspended on Monday.

A spokesman for Downing Street confirmed on Thursday that Johnson is to "speak directly to the public, setting out the vital choice that faces our country".

A cross-party bid to require a Brexit extension cleared the Commons on Wednesday and is due to complete its progress through the Lords on Friday.

In a speech later, Mr. Johnson will again attack what he calls "the surrender bill" for paving the way for more "dither and delay". Most economists say a no-deal Brexit would cause severe economic disruption and plunge the United Kingdom into recession.

He called Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to endorse an election a "cowardly insult to democracy".

Dame Caroline, a former chairwoman of the Conservative Party and environment secretary, cited concerns over a no-deal Brexit and the impact on the vehicle industry in her constituency as her reasons for quitting.

An election is still on the horizon with the prime minister losing his majority earlier this week, but it may not come until after an extension to the deadline has been set, reducing the risk of chaotic exit from the European Union.

"I know that you guys are pretty tough negotiators so we are going to work hard to make sure that free trade deal is one that works for all sides", he said.

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