Jo John­son says min­is­ters may quit over Brexit

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>> LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Jo John­son said he knew other min­is­ters and law­mak­ers were “re­flect­ing hard” on whether to quit in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plan af­ter his dra­matic res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day ramped up pres­sure on the prime min­is­ter.

The ju­nior trans­port min­is­ter — and younger brother of for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Boris John­son — is­sued a sear­ing cri­tique of Ms May’s Brexit deal on Fri­day when he un­ex­pect­edly quit, say­ing the coun­try needed to pull back from the brink and have a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on leav­ing the EU.

Jo John­son had pre­vi­ously voted to re­main in the bloc, and his de­par­ture risks gal­vanis­ing other pro-EU min­is­ters to op­pose Ms May’s deal.

“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,” he told BBC Ra­dio.

“This is one of the most mo­men­tous ques­tions we will ever face in our po­lit­i­cal ca­reers. It’s up to [law­mak­ers] to take a stand. I’ve done so, if oth­ers feel that it’s right for them to do so then good on them.”

Mr John­son said there was now a huge gulf be­tween the type of Brexit that was promised by his brother Boris, a lead­ing cam­paigner to leave the EU, and the deal that Ms May is ham­mer­ing out.

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