Britain May Not Get Brexit Deal With EU - Trade Minister

Boris Johnson backs brother Jo's decision to quit over Brexit

Boris Johnson backs brother Jo's decision to quit over Brexit

In an article sent to journalists, the MP for Orpington said he would vote against the withdrawal agreement which the prime minister was trying to agree with the European Union, describing it as "a awful mistake".

Walker said he did not think a disorderly Brexit was likely, but he added that if it did come to that the rights of European Union citizens in Britain would be protected.

Jo Johnson may lack the bombast and first name recognition of his older brother Boris, but his surprise resignation as Transport Minister shows he shares the family knack for creating political drama.

He added that, given Brexit had "turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say".

Johnson suggested that other senior Conservatives might be considering their positions, saying that "many are reflecting hard about the deal that's looming and how they will respond to it".

"I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so, good on them".

Mr Johnson voted to remain in the 2016 EU Referendum and is now backing the campaign for a People's Vote.

Asked why he thought his son did not resign at the time Chequers was agreed by the Cabinet - and when Boris Johnson handed in his resignation - Stanley claimed it is only now that it is clear the Prime Minister's plan is dead.

When May was presented with the alternate proposal, she told the ministers that their plan "was not needed yet" but it was greeted with a "surprisingly warm response" from Finance Minister Philip Hammond, the Sun said.

Johnson who voted to remain in the European Union said it was "imperative" to "go back to the people and check they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis". "My priority is really just to do my best as a now backbench MP to try and encourage the country to pause and reflect before we do something that is irrevocably stupid", Johnson said.

He told the Today programme: "My basic disagreement with Jo is about the need for a second referendum".

"All the evidence is that the country is still, more or less, split down the middle".

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