Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter quits, calls for new Brexit vote

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD - By Gre­gory Katz The As­so­ci­ated Press

LON­DON — A min­is­ter in the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment stepped down Fri­day to protest Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit plan and is back­ing calls for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on whether the coun­try should leave the Euro­pean Union.

Jo John­son, younger brother of for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son, said the with­drawal agree­ment be­ing dis­cussed by EU and Bri­tish lead­ers would greatly weaken Bri­tain and re­quire the coun­try to fol­low EU rules with­out hav­ing any say. The only al­ter­na­tive on the ta­ble, he said, is a no-deal Brexit that would “in­flict un­told dam­age” on Bri­tain.

“It has be­come in­creas­ingly clear to me that the with­drawal agree­ment, which is be­ing fi­nal­ized in Brus­sels and White­hall even as I write, will be a ter­ri­ble mis­take,” said Jo John­son, who was a trans­port min­is­ter in the gov­ern­ment.

His older brother Boris re­signed in July to protest May’s Brexit plan — but Boris did so as a staunch sup­port of a hard-line Brexit, while Jo John­son backed the “re­main” side dur­ing the June, 2016 ref­er­en­dum.

May’s Con­ser­va­tive Party is deeply di­vided on her ap­proach, and it is not clear if she will win wide back­ing from op­po­si­tion Labour Party law­mak­ers when a pro­posal is put to Par­lia­ment. May is also fac­ing op­po­si­tion from the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party in North­ern Ire­land.

Jo John­son

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