Jo Johnson joins revolt
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.