British Minister quits over Brexit plan

Brexit campaigner and Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage attends a debate on the guidelines on the framework of future EU-UK relations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg France

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

Boris Johnson's brother Jo Johnson has resigned from Theresa May's government, insisting that the public should have a final say vote on the actual deal the government is cobbling together as Britain was "on the brink of the greatest crisis" since World War Two and what is actually on offer isn't "anything like what was promised".

Johnson - who had backed staying in the European Union in the 2016 referendum - is the younger brother of Boris Johnson, who spearheaded the pro-Brexit campaign and quit as foreign secretary in July over May's Brexit blueprint.

A contentious backstop agreement, now close to being agreed, will aim to avoid a hard land border between Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland if the two sides have not struck a long-term deal.

Such a choice was a "failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", he added.

He acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations "have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

It could be deployed in a bid to avoid a chaotic exit if no agreement can be reached or if a deal is voted down.

On Friday the DUP, whose support Theresa May relies on for votes in the Commons, said they can not support any deal which included the possibility that Northern Ireland would be treated differently from the rest of the UK.

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Mr Johnson said his role as transport minister had caused him concern about the impact of a no-deal outcome. I have never rebelled on any issue before now.

Johnson, who was pictured with his father Stanley outside BBC Broadcasting House in London this morning, said: 'I know many are reflecting hard about the deal that's looming and how they will respond to it but it's obviously for each of them to work out how best to respond.

"This prospect alone would be a resigning matter for me as a constituency MP, but it is just a facet of a far greater problem facing the nation".

"The prime minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in government".

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history", the spokesman said.

May's office rejected his call, saying Britain would not hold a second referendum on its European Union membership "under any circumstances".

"Brexit has divided the country".

Johnson is the 14th minister to have resigned from government since November past year and the most senior to have called for another referendum in his leaving statement. While Johnson's resignation is likely to spur critics in the Conservative Party, securing a second referendum would also require support from the Labour Party, which is yet to fully clarify its stance on a referendum and what that could entail in terms of the question put to the public.

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