‘More top Tories in Brexit exit’

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FOR­MER trans­port min­is­ter Jo John­son has sig­nalled that more lead­ing Tories may be poised to quit over Brexit.

Mr John­son, whose res­ig­na­tion rocked West­min­ster on Fri­day, said if other se­nior MPs fol­lowed suit, “good on them”.

He de­nounced the choice be­tween Theresa May’s pro­pos­als or a no-deal as a “fail­ure of Bri­tish state­craft on a scale un­seen since the Suez cri­sis”.

Asked whether other min­is­ters should quit over the is­sue, Mr John­son said: “I think this is so im­por­tant that it’s up to MPs to take a stand.

“I’ve done so. If oth­ers feel that it’s right for them to do so, good on them.”

Mr John­son, brother of Brex­i­teer Boris, in­sisted his res­ig­na­tion was not an at­tempt to oust the prime min­is­ter. He has called for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

But he added: “My pri­or­ity is re­ally just to do my bit as a now back­bench MP to try and en­cour­age the coun­try to pause and re­flect be­fore we do some­thing that is ir­re­vo­ca­bly stupid.”

RE­SIGNED: Jo John­son

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