Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit

Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit

Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit

"We know a General Election is their first choice, question becomes what is their second choice - exit or referendum".

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a bad mistake", he wrote.

Still under the No Deal scenario "Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War", he said.

Jo Johnson's resignation is another boost to those calling for a new people's vote referendum on Brexit.

He added: "Given that the reality of Brexit has turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say".

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The timing of the decision will come as a blow to Mrs May, who is priming her Cabinet to sign up to proposals which will allow her to secure a deal on the withdrawal agreement with Brussels.

"The first option is the one the Government is proposing: an agreement that will leave our country economically weakened, with no say in the European Union rules it must follow and years of uncertainty for business".

However he emphasised that a "no deal" Brexit, which the government insists is the only other option, would mean "chaos" that would cause disruption, delay and deep damage to the United Kingdom economy.

It added: "The recent subdued business investment environment is consistent with external surveys of investment intentions, which attribute much of the weakness to Brexit-related economic and political uncertainty". Mr Johnson believes the current deal would lead to an "incoherent" Brexit.

Johnson's criticism underscored the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce deal, which London and Brussels say is 95 percent done, approved by her own fractious party.

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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".

The former foreign secretary and his Remain-supporting brother were on opposite sides of the Brexit divide but were "united in dismay" at the "intellectually and politically indefensible" UK position.

Labour Brexit spokeswoman Jenny Chapman asked: ‪"How are we meant to trust this government to deliver a good deal for the country when we have a Brexit Secretary who doesn't even understand the very basics of Brexit?"

His older brother Boris wrote on Twitter after the announcement: 'Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo.

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