UK ex-minister says other officials may resign over Brexit
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