Jo Johnson operated out of “personal conviction” through his resignation as Transport Minister earlier today, squabbled his father. Stanley Johnson then lashed out at Theresa May’s Chequers design, saying it was “not the right way to go”. Speaking on LBC, Mr Johnson said: “One thing you can say about Jo is he does act out of deprecating conviction. “He is, of all the Johnsons I have known, he is probably the most reflective and contemplative and he has sign in out with a statement today.
“He has not done so lightly, or with his own personal helps actually, and I think that honestly, I think he really thinks that the bid that’s on the table at the moment, you know the Chequers proposal, whatever it’s at long last called, just doesn’t hack it.”
Commenting on whether he knew relative to Jo’s resignation beforehand, the former Tory MEP said: I would say not, I would certainly say not. I’ve been at meetings the whole of the day.
“I mean I’ve been saying we can’t go down this road of the Chequers proposal, whether you’re a Leaver or whether you’re a Remainer, it is not the right way to go.
“I ruminate over what is so good about Jo coming out with this at this tick is that it’s perfectly obvious this is a man that’s actually thought, unquestionably thought it through and said look, it’s the last possible moment to rip up back.”
The former Transport Minister resigned in opposition of Brexit, specialty the divorce deal being finalised with the EU a “terrible mistake” while also area for a second referendum.
He said the UK was “barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is prevalent to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU”, adding it was “imperative” to “go back to the people and scrutinize they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis”.
The ex-Transport Reverend voted to remain in the EU, while his brother Boris Johnson was a leading Brexiteer.
In a blog clarifying his decision, he said: “It has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal concurrence, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will-power be a terrible mistake.
“Indeed, the choice being presented to the British people is no special at all. The first option is the one the Government is proposing: an agreement that will cause to be our country economically weakened, with no say in the EU rules it must follow and years of uncertainty for duty.
“The second option is a no-deal Brexit that I know as a transport support will inflict untold damage on our nation.
“To present the nation with a select between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a surmount unseen since the Suez crisis.”
His brother Boris tweeted in endure of the decision: “Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo. We may not have agreed hither Brexit but we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible of the UK position.”