United Kingdom junior transport minister quits over 'terrible mistake' of Brexit deal

Conservative party MP Jo Johnson leaves 10 Downing street in central London after the first cabinet meeting of the new year following a reshuffle

Sky News' political editor Faisal Islam said: "It is awful news for the Government that Jo Johnson - who was helping to organise no deal planning for the trade border - resigns in this way with an extra vote against the withdrawal agreement".

Johnson outlined the reasons behind his decision in an article, accompanied by a video.

Support for May's Brexit plan is dwindling, with the DUP today said to be furious over so-called "backstop to the backstop" proposals on the Irish border, which could divide the province from the rest of the United Kingdom on customs.

To give the public a choice between these two disastrous versions of Brexit would be a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he said, referencing the 1956 conflict against Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser that is widely seen as marking the moment at which Britain formally lost its imperial role in the world. 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.

"I hope and I believe that we can secure that majority in Parliament for the agreement".

Johnson's statement was published after May spent much of the day in France and Belgium, laying wreaths alongside fellow leaders to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

In response, a Downing Street spokesman said: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

'We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum.

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It added: "The prime minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in government". Theresa May has said the withdrawal deal is 95% done - but there is no agreement yet on how to guarantee no hard border in Northern Ireland.

"Contrary to promises, there is in fact no deal at all on our future trading relationship with the European Union which the government can present to the country", he wrote.

'To do anything less will do grave damage to our democracy'.

His decision was welcomed by campaigners for a second referendum, with some privately suggesting other junior ministers could join him in the coming days.

Senior Conservative sources told i that Mr Johnson had not sought to speak to the Prime Minister about his intentions, nor had he written to her before announcing his resignation, breaking with usual convention. The proposed terms will be the opposite of what they wanted - taking control from the European Union over what happens in their own country.

Jo Johnson resigned from the government on Friday.

Even a no-deal Brexit "may well be better than the never-ending purgatory" that Mrs May's plan would offer, he said.

In a tweet, Boris said he had "boundless admiration" for his brother and that they are "united in dismay" at the indefensibility of May's position even though they disagree over Brexit.

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