MPs show support for Jo Johnson after resignation

MPs show support for Jo Johnson after resignation

Saturday, November 10, 2018

MPs have praised Jo Johnson after he resigned from his positions as Transport Minister and Minister for London over Theresa May’s “unacceptable” Brexit deal.

Mr Johnson resigned on Friday, saying that the UK was "barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship with the EU, with no say over the rules that will govern huge swathes of our economy."

MPs such as Justine Greening, Anna Soubry and his brother Boris Johnson took to social media to share their support for the MP for Orpington.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned earlier this year over the Prime Minister’s Chequers proposal, said that the brothers were “united in dismay”.

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

“We may not have agreed about Brexit but we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible of the UK position.

“This is not taking back control. It is a surrender of control.

“It does not remotely correspond to the mandate of the people in June 2016.”

 

'There is another way' 

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening congratulated Mr Johnson for “standing up for what he believes in”.

“Well done to Jo Johnson on standing up for what he believes in,” she said.

“He was a fantastic Minister to work with whilst we were at the Department for Education.

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

Conservative MP Anna Soubry used Mr Johnson’s resignation to point out there was “another way” to Brexit.

She said: “Huge respect for Jo Johnson. It’s tough resigning from a Ministerial post, he’s done the right thing.

“Now is the time for people to stand up for what they believe in or we will sleepwalk to a Brexit disaster. There is another way – it’s a People’s Vote.”