PHIL PHOTO: Jo Johnson comes to 10 Downing Street, London, UK, January 9, 2018. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls / Filfoto
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain Jo Johnson said he knew other ministers and legislators were “reflecting hard “about whether to end protest against Theresa Mays Brexit plan after its dramatic departure on Friday hit pressure on the prime minister.
The younger transport minister and younger brother of former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson issued a critical critique of the Mays Brexit agreement on Friday when he unexpectedly stopped saying that the country needed to withdraw from the verge and have a second referendum on leaving the EU.
Jo Johnson had previously voted to stay in the block and his retirement risk galvanizing other pro-EU ministers to oppose May’s deal, along with Brexiteers in the ruling party who have already said they do not will vote for the plan.
“I know that many people reflect hard about the deal that threatens and how they will react to it, but obviously for each one to elaborate how to respond,” he told BBC Radio.
“This is one of the most urgent issues we will ever face in our political career. It’s up to (legislators) to take a stand. I’ve done it if others feel it’s right for them to do well on them. “
Johnson said there was now a big gap between the kind of Brexit promised by his brother Boris, a leading player to leave the EU, and the May agreement in Brussels.
As a result, he said it would be a “democratic travesty” if the government did not advise the public whether they would still leave the world’s largest trading block.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer in May, told BBC Radio that he rejected the call for another referendum but agreed with the criticism of the deal. He said in his current form that it would not have enough conservative support to get through the vote in parliament.
Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing Kirsten Donovan and Hugh Lawson
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