Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Another UK minister quits over 'travesty of Brexit'

Another UK minister quits over 'travesty of Brexit'

Johnson's older brother Boris spearheaded the pro-Brexit campaign and quit as foreign secretary in July over May's Brexit blueprint.

Steve Baker, a former junior Brexit minister who resigned over May's so-called Chequers proposals on Brexit, and Sammy Wilson of the DUP wrote in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper that they could not back a deal if it treated Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the country.

A spokesperson for May's office said later Friday that under no circumstances would a second referendum be held.

"It's time for all of us in the Labour party to make the full-throated case for a people's vote with the option of remaining in the European Union". "I've done so, if others feel that it's right for them to do so then good on them".

If a deal is voted down by parliament, the country could be thrust into an uncertain future: leaving abruptly without a deal, the collapse of May's government, an election, or, as some opponents of Brexit hope, a new referendum.

A Downing Street spokesman insisted: "The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history". There are fears that the so-called backstop agreement on the Irish border could make Britain a vassal state of the European Union and increase the possibility of a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The resignation of such a high-profile figure, just days after Britain suggested it was close to a deal is seen as hugely significant. potentially leading to other Conservative MPs and Ministers speaking out in favour of a second referendum.

Numerous party's MPs have been demanding a so-called "People's Vote" to stop Brexit, and were furious when Mr Corbyn said in an interview yesterday: 'We can't stop it.

But Sir Keir said the Prime Minister's attempts to "threaten rather than persuade" would not work and Labour is prepared to reject the government's plans.

But, like Corbyn, May's MPs appeared to rally around her, with both Tom Tugendhat and defence minister Tobias Ellwood arguing against speculation on the Brexit deal.

Still under the No Deal scenario "Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War", he said.

In marked contrast to his brother, who remains firm that leaving the European Union without a deal would be no bad thing, and resigned because he believed the deal being negotiated was too soft, Mr. Jo Johnson called for a second referendum.

"The destination is constitutional crisis, where legislature will be in irreconcilable conflict with executive, Commons at odds with PM and her cabinet", Peston said in a post on Facebook.

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