Jo John­son joins re­volt

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Theresa May’s hopes of get­ting a Brexit deal through Par­lia­ment were dealt a ma­jor blow yes­ter­day af­ter Jo John­son, the trans­port min­is­ter, re­signed so he could vote against the Prime Min­is­ter’s “ter­ri­ble mis­take”.

The Re­main-sup­port­ing brother of Boris John­son said Bri­tain now “stands on the brink of the great­est cri­sis since the Sec­ond World War”, with May about to present MPs with a choice be­tween “vas­salage and chaos”.

He said he and Boris — who led the Leave cam­paign — were now “united in dis­may” as he ac­cused May of the worst “fail­ure of British state­craft” since the Suez cri­sis.

Hav­ing lost both John­son broth­ers from her Gov­ern­ment, May faces the com­bined heft of their op­po­si­tion as Boris leads the Brex­i­teer re­volt against her plans and Jo ral­lies the Re­main­ers.

The cri­sis deep­ened as the DUP, whose 10 MPs give May her work­ing ma­jor­ity, threat­ened to vote against the pro­posed Brexit agree­ment.

It means May now faces the very real pos­si­bil­ity of de­feat in the Com­mons vote.

Boris John­son

Jo John­son

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