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14 Sun­day Mail Theresa May is braced for more res­ig­na­tions after Jo John­son quit as trans­port min­is­ter and de­manded a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

Three min­is­ters are in “ad­vanced talks” to fol­low his lead to pile pres­sure on the Prime Min­is­ter, sources said yes­ter­day.

An in­sider re­vealed: “They are plan­ning when ex­actly is the right time to do it. Jo re­ally set the news agenda by re­leas­ing his de­ci­sion on Fri­day evening.”

John­son, who un­like his brother Boris backed Re­main, branded May’s han­dling of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions “a fail­ure of Bri­tish state­craft on a scale un­seen since the Suez cri­sis”, which led to Anthony Eden quit­ting as PM in 1957.

A back­bench source added: “Jo’s de­ci­sion is a real blow for the PM. It shows there is an­other front that is open­ing up.

“We all knew the Brex­i­teers have dug in and are pre­pared to vote against what­ever deal she brings back from Brus­sels. But now you have a fresh set of Re­main peo­ple who are equally hard­line.”

Tory MP Anna Soubry, an out­spo­ken Re­mainer, said: “Jo isn’t the only min­is­ter who shares these views and I hope oth­ers will fol­low his lead.”

RE­SIGNED Jo John­son

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