Jo Johnson resigns as minister over Brexit


"I mean volley to the left of the them, volley to right of them, and the Prime Minister charges on into the valley of death".

The referendum, he said, should have three choices, endorse Ms May's deal, leave without a deal, or remain in the EU.

Jo Johnson's resignation, and his call for a fresh referendum to test voter sentiment, further complicates matters for May as she tries to strike a deal with European Union leaders that would pass muster with her own cabinet and win backing in Parliament.

Mrs May is said to have told Brexiteers the plan was "not needed yet" but it received a "surprisingly warm" response from Chancellor Philip Hammond, a senior source told Sky News.

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.

"He has not done that".

"There is a very important message in there to all Conservative members of Parliament, many of whom are appalled by what is happening but not saying what they think".

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UK Transport Minister Jo Johnson resigned on 9 November after calling the government's Brexit plan a "terrible mistake".

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".

Jo Johnson, the former transport minister, said that he could not support the Chequers deal and would push for a second referendum.

Boris Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary in July in protest at the Prime Minister's Chequers proposal, claiming it would leave the United Kingdom a rule taker from Brussels.

She said: "Huge respect for Jo Johnson".

Gross domestic product climbed 0.6pc in the third quarter, in line with analysts' expectations and up on growth of 0.4pc in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate.

"The only deal that can avert disaster is one that keeps our place in the single market and customs union".