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Transport minister Jo Johnson resigns over Brexit

Transport minister Jo Johnson resigns over Brexit”

"We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum", Downing Street said.

The MP, who voted to remain is Boris Johnson's brother - a leading Brexiteer - and argued Britain was "on the brink of the greatest crisis" since World War Two.

Jo Johnson's resignation, and his call for a fresh referendum to test voter sentiment, further complicates matters for May as she tries to strike a deal with European Union leaders that would pass muster with her own cabinet and win backing in Parliament.

The critique from Johnson underscores the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce deal, which London and Brussels say is 95% done, approved by her own fractious party.

Instead, Johnson said it would be proper to give the British public a chance to vote again because of the way the Brexit negotiations have evolved.

Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly close to securing a divorce deal with Brussels, as time runs out ahead of Britain's planned departure from the European Union on March 29 next year.

"I think then people will need to ask themselves what is it that is going to be in the best interests of those who sent them to Westminster to represent them, to ensure that we maintain living standards and investment and prosperity and employment in our country", Lidington added.

However, his call for a new Brexit referendum was attacked by Mrs May's supporters. "The United Kingdom would be trapped". There is no question that the Brexit deal that Theresa May is hoping to persuade her cabinet and parliament to back would be a bad outcome for Britain. "One which works for the whole United Kingdom". Amid a Brexit process that has been characterised by shameful dissimulation at the highest levels of the British state, Mr Johnson should be applauded for his honesty.

After detailing his decision to quit in a blog post, he told the Daily Mail: "It is a fake fudge".

It is created to ease fears that leaving the union without a deal would mean ports would be shut, planes would be grounded and the British economy would face a shock. But we're signing up to the common rule book on standards and health and safety, the environment and all the rest of it.

His brother Boris - who also quit Mrs May's Cabinet over Brexit - immediately backed Jo over the government's "intellectually and politically indefensible" position of the government.

The resignation came as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Brexit can not be stopped.

"The referendum took place. What we can do is recognise the reasons why people voted Leave".



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