British Minister quits over Brexit plan

  • British Minister quits over Brexit plan

British Minister quits over Brexit plan

Chief Brexiteer and big brother Boris Johnson said the pair may not agree about Brexit, but were "united in dismay" over the UK's position.

Mr. Johnson is the MP for Orpington, a town in the south eastern county of Kent that threatened to become a "lorry park" in the event of a no-deal Brexit. May had been expected to rally her cabinet around her Brexit plan at a meeting originally due this week.

But Mrs Thornberry said today that the option of campaigning for a second referendum was still on the table.

Asked about this on Sunday, however, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry insisted Labour could still back a second referendum, although they would prefer a general election which is [3.6] to happen before Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May this week faced pressure from her Westminster allies in the Democratic Unionist Party not to allow a customs border to split Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Tory MP Anna Soubry, a vociferous Remain campaigner, said she had "huge respect" for Mr Johnson, telling The Guardian: "Jo isn't the only minister who shares these views and I hope others will follow his lead".

Labour plunged into fresh Brexit chaos today as Emily Thornberry insisted the party could back a second referendum - despite Jeremy Corbyn saying the process of leaving the European Union "can't be stopped". There are fears that the so-called backstop agreement on the Irish border could make Britain a vassal state of the European Union and increase the possibility of a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

In a statement published on the Medium website, the younger Johnson claimed the Brexit deal the Prime Minister is pushing for would leave the United Kingdom "economically weakened, with no say in the European Union rules it must follow and years of uncertainty for business".

All eyes are now on Theresa May's increasingly hard balancing act amid fears that further resignations could see any Brexit deal at risk of being voted down by both Remainers and Brexiteers. "What we can do is recognise the reasons why people voted Leave".

The departing minister noted Brexit had divided Britain, political parties and "families too", but added: "what is now being proposed won't be anything like what was promised two years ago" during the referendum campaign.

"Well done to Jo Johnson on standing up for what he believes in", she said.

Jo Johnson had previously voted to remain in the bloc, and his departure risks galvanizing other pro-EU ministers to oppose May's deal, alongside the Brexiteers within the ruling party who have already said they will not vote for the plan.