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United Kingdom junior transport minister quits over 'terrible mistake' of Brexit deal

11 November 2018

"It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised. even as I write, will be a bad mistake", he wrote in a stinging resignation statement. This is a con on the British people.

Tory former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, who backs the People's Vote campaign for another referendum, said: "This is a very significant resignation".

"To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis", Johnson said.

Support for May's Brexit plan is dwindling, with the DUP today said to be furious over so-called "backstop to the backstop" proposals on the Irish border, which could divide the province from the rest of the United Kingdom on customs.

"We can stop this Tory Brexit but, ultimately, it should be for the people to decide", he said.

There are real questions about how we will be able to guarantee access to fresh food and medicine if the crucial Dover-Calais trade route is clogged up.

Even a no-deal Brexit "may well be better than the never-ending purgatory" that Mrs May's plan would offer, he said.

While the majority of his constituents voted to leave the European Union, he rejected the idea that a vote on "what an idealised Brexit might offer" versus what was being delivered in reality, matched up to what many had voted for, describing the current state of things as an affront to democracy.

"It can not be what you wanted nor did the 2016 referendum provide any mandate for it".

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Britain wants to strike an agreement with the EU as quickly as possible and it would be desirable for Britain and the EU to reach a deal at a special EU summit in November, he added.

Boris Johnson tweeted supported for his brother's resignation.

His brother Boris, who quit as foreign secretary in July, praised his decision, saying the brothers were "united in dismay" at the Prime Minister's handling of the negotiations. It is a surrender of control.

Corbyn, a long-standing Eurosceptic, has seemingly been mindful that a significant amount of Labour voters opted to leave in the June 2016 referendum.

FILE - In this March 28, 2017 file photo, Jo Johnson visits the the European Commission in Brussels.

"Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War".

Other pro-EU ministers who might be galvanised into following Mr Johnson's departure include Liam Fox, Philip Hammond and Chris Grayling, who all voted to remain in the European Union in 2016.

"This is the time for all of them, as Jo Johnson has done, to look deep inside their consciences, to reflect deeply on their responsibilities, and do the right thing for future generations". "Other MPs should now follow his lead".

He said the plan is so different from what had been promised during the 2016 referendum that a second vote is needed.

United Kingdom junior transport minister quits over 'terrible mistake' of Brexit deal