Boris’ brother quits PM’S deal on rocks as as min­is­ter over Brexit he de­mands sec­ond vote

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BORIS John­son’s brother Jo sen­sa­tion­ally quit the Gov­ern­ment last night – and de­manded a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

He warned that Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s with­drawal deal was a “con” and a “trav­esty” which would leave the UK out­side the EU but “wholly sub­ject” to its rules.

His call for a new vote puts him at log­ger­heads with brother Boris, who led the Leave cam­paign and is back­ing a hard Brexit.

The 46-year-old MP, who backed Re­main in the 2016 ref­er­en­dum, said: “So great is the gulf now be­tween what was promised in the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign and what is now on of­fer in the PM’S pro­posed deal that I have had no choice but to sub­mit my res­ig­na­tion.”

He said Mrs May’s favoured pact would “leave our coun­try eco­nom­i­cally weak­ened”. He added: “Bri­tain stands on the brink of the great­est cri­sis since the Sec­ond World War.”

Call­ing for an­other EU vote, he said: “It is im­per­a­tive that we now go back to the peo­ple and check that they are con­tent to pro­ceed on this ex­tra­or­di­nary ba­sis.” Boris, 54, said he had “bound­less ad­mi­ra­tion” for his brother.

He said: “We may not have agreed about Brexit but we are united in dis­may at the in­tel­lec­tu­ally and po­lit­i­cally in­de­fen­si­ble UK po­si­tion.”

Mr John­son’s jour­nal­ist sis­ter Rachel said she was “hugely proud”.

A Down­ing Street spokesman said there will not be a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum “un­der any cir­cum­stances”.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said Brexit could not be halted. He said: “We can’t stop it. The ref­er­en­dum took place. Ar­ti­cle 50 was trig­gered.”

FAM­ILY Dad Stan­ley with Rachel, Boris & Jo in 2014

LEAVER NOW Jo yes­ter­day

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