WHAT HE TOLD THE MAIL

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

I have al­ways been a loyal Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. I have never re­belled on any­thing. I’m not a se­rial mu­ti­neer. I’ve just reached the point where I can­not see the logic of how we are pro­ceed­ing with Brexit. It’s rid­dled with such con­tra­dic­tions as to make no sense at all now at any level. It is a fake fudge.

It was meant to be about sovereignty and trade deals, but we’re go­ing to have no ca­pac­ity to make mean­ing­ful trade deals.

It was meant to be about a brave new fu­ture as a dereg­u­lated econ­omy. But we’re sign­ing up to the com­mon rule book on stan­dards and health and safety, the en­vi­ron­ment and all the rest of it. It’s com­pletely in­co­her­ent.

Rather than take this ir­rev­o­ca­ble step we should give the pub­lic a chance to re­flect on whether this ex­tra­or­di­nary course, which is so dif­fer­ent from what was promised in the ref­er­en­dum, is re­ally the one they want to go down. And if they do, well fair enough.

I re­ally wanted the Prime Min­is­ter to make a suc­cess of Brexit, and stood by silently and watched over the past cou­ple of years and lent ev­ery sup­port I could in the Com­mons vot­ing lob­bies. But what’s the point when we’re about to do some­thing which doesn’t stack up.

We’re on the verge of do­ing the deal. I have waited for two years to give the Prime Min­is­ter space, not to tie her ne­go­ti­at­ing hand, not to nar­row her free­dom of ma­noeu­vre. But now that we’re ac­tu­ally at the point of be­ing asked to vote it through in the com­ing days, at some point you got to say, “Hold on, does this make sense or not?” And to me it doesn’t any more. I don’t want to re­sign from the Gov­ern­ment – you work hard for th­ese priv­i­leged po­si­tions, but I’ve got to do it.

I’ve got no idea if oth­ers will fol­low, I’m not part of a plot, this is not about lead­ersh ip. I’m not try­ing to oust Theresa May: I’ve wished her well. It’s not about her.

Out of power: Boris John­son with brother Jo, who yes­ter­day joined him in re­sign­ing

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