Sterling hammered by Jo Johnson resignation

Jo Johnson resigns as minister over Brexit | London

Instead, Johnson said it would be proper to give the British public a chance to vote again because of the way the Brexit negotiations have evolved.

The remain-supporting brother of Boris Johnson, whose bombshell resignation took Westminster by surprise on Friday afternoon, said if other senior Conservatives followed suit, "good on them".

Jo Johnson said the choice being offered was between a "travesty of Brexit" under the deal being thrashed out by the Prime Minister and the European Union, or the "untold damage" of a no-deal Brexit.

Asked if his brother Boris Johnson had lied to voters during the referendum about Brexit, the former transport minister said: "In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that have shown to be undeliverable".

As a result, he said it would be a "democratic travesty" if the government did not consult the public on whether they still wanted to leave the world's largest trading bloc.

'My priority is really just to do my bit as a now backbench MP to try and encourage the country to pause and reflect before we do something that is irrevocably stupid, ' he told BBC Radio.

EU envoy says 'much more work' needed to clinch Brexit deal
A leaked letter from the Prime Minister to Mrs Foster and her deputy Nigel Dodds set out Mrs May's approach. Mrs May says in the letter that the European Union is still pushing for a "backstop to the backstop".

Mr Johnson's sister Rachel said she was "hugely proud" of her "honourable and principled brother Jo who has put the interests of the country ahead of his political career".

Meanwhile, Britain's Jo Johnson said he knew other ministers and lawmakers were "reflecting hard" on whether to quit in protest at Theresa May's Brexit plan after his dramatic resignation on Friday ramped up pressure on the prime minister.

"It is a sad loss for Government, but Brexit is above party politics".

Speaking to Matt Frei, Stanley Johnson reiterated that Jo resigned because the government is not delivering Brexit and because he can not support the Brexit plan "in honesty".

Downing Street said last night it would not agree to a second referendum vote under any circumstances and reiterated a promise not to sign the United Kingdom up to any deal which could return a hard border to Northern Ireland.

He said: "I think a second referendum would be divisive, but it wouldn't be decisive".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

How Bayern Munich could line up against Borussia Dortmund
Bayern twice led through Robert Lewandowski, only for Marco Reus to peg the reigning Bundesliga champions on each occasion. Reus should have scored his second shortly afterward, but after sidefooting past Neuer, Kimmich was on the line to clear.

Jo Johnson quits Government over ‘incoherent, unacceptable’ Brexit
A spokesperson for May's office said later Friday that under no circumstances would a second referendum be held. Mr Johnson said his role as transport minister had caused him concern about the impact of a no-deal outcome.

Scotiabank Initiates Coverage on Canopy Growth (CGC)
If the stock volatility is on the rise in the market, then it will create more risky situation of the security and vice versa. On The Other side Starbucks Corporation a U.S. based Company, belongs to Services sector and Specialty Eateries industry.

NJ tops in U.S. in fall Leapfrog hospital safety grades
Ratings are based on how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries, infections, and accidents. Nexus Health, a private health care organization, owns and manages the hospital.

SSE and npower merger ‘in a shambles’ after delays over price cap
On Tuesday (6 November) Ofgem announced the price cap will be set at £1,137, which is just £1 higher than the proposed amount. Consumers in Northern Ireland have a separate energy regulator and already have a price cap.

England can 'do what they like' during haka, says Kieran Read
He's tough so he gets up and he plays. "Guys like that, the only thing you can do is stuff them up by coaching them". He takes the ball to the line, he puts his body on the line, he doesn't play in a dinner suit.

Kuchar sinks eight birdies to take the lead in Mexico
Park Sung Hyun shot a 67 and fellow South Korean Kim Sei Young had a 68 to put them both within five strokes of the lead. He was leading by one shot when his tee shot sailed right and landed in bushes near rocks.

Fallout 76 Update Lands -36GB Patch
We've seen too many games coming to an untimely death and games that just keep breathing even after their glory days. Stability: The Fallout 76 game client and servers have received significant stability improvements.

Last Kmart in Chicago set to close
In Fairbanks , Sears Holding announced 40 stores would be closing, including the location on Airport Way in Fairbanks . Liquidation sales at the 40 additional closures, including in Grand Island are set to begin late next week.

Google's latest Chrome 71 created to block crowded popup website ads
Before the recent update, Google introduced a Chrome 68 in July that prevents websites from opening new tabs and windows. When at this page, you can view interstitials related to SSL, SafeBrowsing, Captive Portal, and Supervised Users.

CC Sabathia, Yankees reportedly agree on one-year, $8 million contract
Over a 19-year career, Sabathia has racked up almost 3,500 innings, with 2,986 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA. He will return to a roster with two other starting pitchers set in Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka .

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure increase women's risk of heart attack
For women with hypertension of the second degree the risk of heart attacks increased by 152% compared to 71% of the stronger sex. The population was tracked for an average of seven years during which 5,081 individuals had their first heart attack.

Cubs Open to Trade Proposals for Kris Bryant; ME
The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that almost every player on the team - including Bryant - is available. He explained the Cubs have "never operated with untouchables".

Accused mail bomber hit with 30-count indictment
Prior to the arrest, the registered Republican was living in a van plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers. The document said he mailed 16 improvised explosive devices though the US mail to victims across the country.

Malkin avoids suspension for Oshie hit
But in hockey, there is occasionally a gulf between what you deserve and what you get. "You want to be in there and try to help". Oshie proved it once more when he curled around the left faceoff circle, saw an opening and darted toward the front of the net.

Other news