Labour MPs slam Corbyn for saying 'we can't stop' Brexit

Cristina Cross
November 11, 2018

His brother Boris Johnson whose promises in the Brexit campaign Jo may well have been referring to, praised Jo's resignation, saying they were "united in dismay" at the PM's handling of the negotiations. It was unclear whether others would follow Johnson out of government. "We know a General Election is their first choice, question becomes what is their second choice - exit or referendum".

The government has said it is confident of agreeing a deal with the European Union, but it is the responsible course of action to plan for every eventuality.

"Labour can not sit by and allow the choice to be between the economic ruin of a hard Brexit or the loss of sovereignty under Theresa May's deal, with Britain subjected to European Union rules but with no say over them", he said.

"I think it is imperative that we now go back to the people and check that they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis".

A Downing Street source said the government aimed to secure an agreement with the European Union soon, but not at any cost.

"The "new" idea of a United Kingdom customs arrangement does not appear to be a genuinely UK-wide offer but a GB offer and an NI offer badged as one - Northern Ireland in the EU customs territory and GB in a customs union", she wrote in the Belfast Telegraph.

He added that "it has become increasingly clear to me that the withdrawal agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall will be a awful mistake".

Eloise Todd, head of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said: "This is an incredibly fearless move from Jo Johnson at a time when the public desperately needs more MPs to act in the national interest".

UK's ex-Brexit Secretary pours cold water on May's deal
Johnson wants a three-way referendum giving the people a choice between remaining in the EU, May's deal and no deal. Following Jo's resignation, Boris tweeted about his admiration for his sibling.

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.

Ministers have released a number of documents advising businesses and the public of what they need to do if there is no Brexit deal.

Corbyn, a long-standing Eurosceptic, has seemingly been mindful that a significant amount of Labour voters opted to leave in the June 2016 referendum.

She said: "Huge respect for Jo Johnson".

"My brother Boris, who led the leave campaign, is as unhappy with the government's proposals as I am", Johnson said.

He was echoed by Ellwood, who said that the Ministry of Defence was "looking right across the full spectrum of requirements to make sure we're prepared to stand up if required to do so".

It added: "The prime minister thanks Jo Johnson for his work in government".

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