Theresa May’s planned Brexit deal is ‘a calculated deceit of the British people’ that ‘fakes’ honouring the referendum, Boris Johnson’s Remain-supporter brother Jo warns
- Jo Johnson sensationally resigned as a transport minister on Friday over Brexit
- He renewed his attack today and warned the planned deal was ‘clearly not Brexit’
- Johnson agrees with his Brexiteer brother Boris the deal is a ‘rout’ of UK plans
Theresa May’s plans for the Brexit deal are a ‘calculated deceit of the British people’ designed to ‘fake’ the honouring of the 2016 referendum, Jo Johnson warned today.
Mr Johnson, brother of Brexiteer ringleader Boris, said the ‘fake Brexit’ on offer was a ‘rout’ of Britain’s interests as he renewed calls for a second referendum.
He sensationally quit as Transport Minister on Friday lambasting the Prime Minister’s proposed deal as leaving Britain the choice of ‘vassalage or chaos’.
The Remain support said today he resigned because he ‘reached my limit’ – but stopped short of predicting other ministers would follow his lead.
Theresa May’s plans for the Brexit deal are a ‘calculated deceit of the British people’ designed to ‘fake’ the honouring of the 2016 referendum, Jo Johnson (pictured at the BBC on Saturday) warned today
Mr Johnson told the Standard: ‘It’s clearly not Brexit.
‘The Government has boxed itself in by trying to codge together this weird fake Brexit in the hope of committing people to somehow delivering on the referendum result.
‘It keeps repeating that [phrase] and it’s obviously a nonsense. It’s misleading to present it as delivering on the referendum result.
‘Brexit was meant to be about taking back control, we are ceding control; it was meant to be about trade deals, we are not going to have any meaningful trade deals; it was meant to be about having a turbo-charged tiger economy on the edge of Europe, we are going to be bound by the common rule book that we won’t have a hand in shaping.’
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Mr Johnson said it was ‘striking’ how the outline of the deal – which could be confirmed in days – had united him and Boris despite their differences on the Brexit question.
Mr Johnson said it was ‘striking’ how the outline of the deal – which could be confirmed in days – had united him and Boris (file) despite their differences on the Brexit question
He said: ‘We are both in strong agreement that this [deal] is an appalling basis for us to leave the EU.
‘We are being presented with a ridiculous choice: ”my way or the highway” vassalage with the Prime Minister’s deal, or the chaos of ”no deal”.’
Asked if other Remain ministers would follow him out of Government, Mr Johnson urged colleagues ‘to look deep in their consciences and ask whether in five years’ time they will want to be associated with this decision’.
But he added: ‘You can’t predict MPs behaviour.’
Mrs May is taking fire from all sides today as ministers vowed to stop her making too many Brexit concessions to the EU.
Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the Cabinet would act as a ‘check’ on what deal the PM does with Brussels.
Mrs May (pictured at Downing Street this morning) is taking fire from all sides today as ministers vowed to stop her making too many Brexit concessions to the EU
The comments by the senior Brexiteer came amid conflicting signals over whether a breakthrough in negotiations could be imminent.
The Prime Minister has been hoping to reach a settlement by Wednesday – the deadline for calling a Brussels summit this month.
But despite negotiating teams working until 2.45am this morning, Downing Street sources said this morning that the two sides were still wrangling over the Irish border and people should not ‘get their hopes up’ of a package being settled in time.
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