UK ex-min­is­ter says other of­fi­cials may re­sign over Brexit

Iran Daily - - International -

A for­mer UK min­is­ter said oth­ers may step down from the gov­ern­ment to protest Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

Jo John­son told BBC ra­dio Satur­day it is up to mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to take a stand, AP re­ported. He said that if oth­ers de­cide to re­sign, “good on them.” Jo, the younger brother of Boris John­son, stepped down as a trans­port min­is­ter Fri­day and called for a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum. He said May’s Brexit plan would dam­age Bri­tain’s na­tional in­ter­est.

He said the plan is so dif­fer­ent from what had been promised dur­ing the 2016 ref­er­en­dum that a sec­ond vote is needed.

May has rejected all de­mands for an­other vote, say­ing the 2016 vote in fa­vor of leav­ing the Eu­ro­pean Union is de­fin­i­tive. Dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Bri­tain and the EU con­tinue. Bri­tain is due to be­come next March the first coun­try to ever leave the EU – but the two have yet to agree on di­vorce terms or fu­ture rules on co­op­er­at­ing on ev­ery­thing from se­cu­rity and trade to air traf­fic.

Bri­tain can­not be bul­lied, sharp­en­ing the gov­ern­ment’s crit­i­cism of the Eu­ro­pean Union for taunt­ing Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and sour­ing dif­fi­cult Brexit talks.

Jo John­son CHRIS RADBURN/PA VIA AP

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