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UK transport secretary Jo Johnson resigns over Brexit

Friday, 9 November, 2018 - 20:16

UK Secretary of State for Transport Jo Johnson resigned on Friday denouncing the Brexit negotiations led by Prime Minister Theresa May as “a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis.”

“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 terrible mistake,” said the brother of the staunchly pro-Brexit Boris Johnson in  an article online.

The UK, he said was being offered “an agreement that will leave our country economically weakened, with no say in the EU rules it must follow and years of uncertainty for business” or a no-deal Brexit “that I know as a transport minister will inflict untold damage on our nation.

“To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis.”

Jo Johnson, who voted in favor of keeping the United Kingdom in the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, says he is “just as unhappy” with the British government’s proposal as his brother Boris, albeit for different reasons.  “Instead of regaining control, we will hand over control to other European countries ,” he says. The government’s proposals will make us a country outside of Europe but still run by Europe, bound to respect rules that we will not be able to draft. “

Johnson also said that the public should be given the opportunity to vote on the final Brexit agreement. “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” he says.”

A spokeswoman for Theresa May immediately replied that a second referendum was not on the cards and thanked Mr Johnson for his work in the government.


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