Jo Johnson steals limelight from older brother with shock resignation

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Describing Mrs May's Brexit plan as "a bad mistake" he accused the Prime Minister of negotiating a deal which wasn't "anything like what was promised".

Johnson says Theresa May's Brexit strategy will make Britain subordinate to the EU. "It does not need a second referendum but backbone to deliver Brexit", tweeted Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading pro-Brexit lawmaker in Theresa May's Conservative Party.

The junior transport minister - and younger brother of former foreign minister Boris Johnson - issued a searing critique of May's Brexit deal on Friday when he unexpectedly quit, saying the country needed to pull back from the brink and have a second referendum on leaving the EU. The critique from Johnson underscores the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce deal, which London and Brussels say is 95% done, approved by her own fractious party.

A cabinet minister said the plan has been developed to ensure the worst elements of a no-deal Brexit could be eased, but they also pointed out it could be beneficial to the United Kingdom in the long run.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said: "We warmly welcome Jo Johnson's support of the campaign to give the people the final say on the deal and a chance to exit from Brexit".

"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 added.

He acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations "have at least united us in fraternal dismay".

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In an interview with Sky News on Saturday, Fox said he sees "a very hard end" to fraught discussions in which European Union negotiators think they're making too many concessions and British counterparts think they haven't won enough commitments to guarantee the nation's independence.

"Maybe three Johnsons. Dad's joined in as well, I understand".

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.

"Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo", he said.

The better alternative, he believes, is to have another vote on whether the people want to actually leave now when they know the cost they will have to pay. Meanwhile, a spokesman for May's office says there will not be a second referendum on Brexit under any circumstances.

Asked whether other ministers should quit over the issue, Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think this is so important that it's up to MPs to take a stand".

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