JO JOHN­SON SPARKS PANIC

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

BRI­TISH prime min­is­ter There­saMay was on alert for fresh Gov­ern­ment res­ig­na­tions in the wake of trans­port min­is­ter Jo John­son’s shock res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day over her ‘deeply flawed’ ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Mr John­son, brother of Boris John­son, said yes­ter­day that other min­is­ters were ‘re­flect­ing hard’ on their po­si­tion;

Al­lies of the prime min­is­ter said that the chance of the cab­i­net giv­ing ap­proval for a draft deal in the next 48 hours was ‘re­ced­ing fast’, po­ten­tially de­lay­ing the crunch House of Com­mons vote on the Brexit deal un­til next year.

Jo John­son, who backed the Re­main cam­paign in the ref­er­en­dum, yes­ter­day called once again for an­other ref­er­en­dum, ar­gu­ing that what was be­ing of­fered fell ‘spec­tac­u­larly short’ of what had been promised.

Mr John­son said the UK faced a choice be­tween ‘vas­salage’ un­der Mrs May’s pro­pos­als to stay within the Cus­toms Union un­til a new trade deal had been ne­go­ti­ated and ‘chaos’ if it left the EU with­out a deal.

Anti-May MPs told col­leagues to re­dou­ble their ef­forts to force her to quit by sub­mit­ting let­ters of no con­fi­dence in her lead­er­ship.

Un­der its lat­est timetable, No.10 Down­ing Street had hoped to reach an agree­ment with the EU by the end of last week, to al­low it to be put be­fore the cab­i­net by Tues­day.

fam­ily:Jo John­son, right, with fa­ther Stan­ley yes­ter­day

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