Jo Johnson, modest, reticent and one of a single, has long been regarded by Westminster watchers as a paler version…
Jo Johnson, modest, reticent and one of a single, has long been regarded by Westminster watchers as a paler version of his flamboyant elder Boris.
He is Bobby Ewing to Boris’ charismatic, ugly JR in Dallas, according to a political commentator.
However, there was nothing faded about the thoroughbred assault Jo launched at the prime minister yesterday when he borrowed from his sibling’s handbook.
Jo Johnson (pictured outside Parliament on Friday) resigned from his duties as Minister of Transport this evening
His loyal and moderate reason for his resignation has also shocked his closest friends.
One of Jos’s most wounded accusations against Theresa May was that it’s Brexit’s proposal “present the nation a choice between two deeply unattractive results, laundering and chaos”. That was, he continued, “a lack of British state power on a scale invisible since the Suez crisis”. The sound familiar?
Less than a month ago, Boris PM urged to make a tougher position on the Northern Ireland backstop issue and say, “If we release it, it will be the biggest national deterioration since Suez.”
Similarly last year, Boris said that if Britain left but remained in close continuation with EU rules, “people would ask” what is the meaning of what you achieved? “because we would have gone from one Member State to a Vaas State”. The similarities in their language are all the more extraordinary, as the brothers are firmly anchored on opposite sides of the Brexit debate.
There was nothing faded about the full blooded assault Jo launched at the prime minister yesterday  Jo Johnson, 46, who was Minister of Transport, is the paid member of the Michael Heseltine Europhile wing of the Tory party who wants to kill Brexit, consequently, his call for a second referendum.
Boris, 54, who ended the government in July on PM’s Checkers proposal, is the standard bearer of the hard Brexiteers who want to make the cleanest possible break from Brussels.
Now they are united in a common cause of the hind legs because, like their sister, journalist Rachel Johnson, last night said, “none of them want Brexit on offer.”
Boris lost no time tweeting his support yesterday, but the question is: Will they put the tough Johnson competitiveness and the personal ambition they both end up working on one side, and what does it mean to Mrs May if they do? They have always been close to a childhood, according to Boris cinema Andrew Gimson, one of “fast meal timesquizzes, terrible ping-pong matches, height, weight and blonde competition”.
To many, and not least, it has always seemed to Boris’s destiny to move into Downing Street one day. But it was Yes, who was elected MP for Orpington 2010 after a career as a journalist, who became Johnson’s first Johnson who was in N0 10 as head of the Downing Street Policy Unit. Boris had to do with the City Hall as mayor in London.
He had been the surprise choice for David Cameron to lead the unit 2013 and Johnson “Minor”, as he was known to follow in Boris footsteps at Eton, reveled to get one over his big brother.
It was not the first time Boris had left the eye. Oh, a little jealous. He graduated from Oxford with a first-class degree in modern history, while Boris only managed to have a 2: 1 in classics. After that, Jo obtained another two degrees from European universities.
One of Jos’s most damaging accusations against Theresa May was that her Brexit proposal “presents the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive results, chaos and chaos “
It did not help while working on the Tory manifesto from 2015. The first draft was thrown back to him as” worthless. ” But he continued and rose, and after Tory’s election victory, he became a minister of university and science.
Today, he is regarded as an important member of the remaining clan of the Tory parliamentary party called “Sensibles” led by former Deputy PM Damian Green, chancellor Philip Hammond, former secretary of home Amber Rudd and Ruth Davidson, leader of Scottish Tories.
Boris termination was seen by most MPs for what it was: the naked ambitious former foreign secretary limbed up for a challenge to May about what he describes as her “pampering” Checkers plan.
But Jos’s decision to go is not about personal ambition, according to his friends, but because he sees a chance to scoop Brexit. He has also been unhappy as a transport minister after moving laterally in the final round.
Rachel Johnson, a gentle leftover, said last night that she did not anticipate any excitement in the family and would play tennis against Jo this morning as usual.
Should she let him win in recognition of her principle decision to end. No, she replied. “He always strikes me.” Both of the brothers continued to “fight in their corner,” she added.
If Boris and Jo choose to forge a new alliance from left and right of the party in any leadership, they will be a formidable duo. And Madam can know that.