Correspondent in London
The anger of a Johnson may hide another. Four months after the resignation blaring from Boris Johnson for the government of Theresa May to protest against his handling of the Brexit, it is the turn of his brother, the much more discreet Jo Johnson, age 46, follow suit for similar reasons, although diametrically opposed. Little used to do the waves to the opposite of its older brother, the latter announced Friday afternoon his resignation from the post of secretary of State for Transport.
In a video and an article posted on Twitter, he said not being able to support the Brexit “inconsistent” prepared by Theresa May and called for a new referendum. “It is imperative that we go back to the people to ensure that it is satisfied to continue on this basis is extraordinary,” explains he. At least a dozen elected tory already support a new consultation.
The project to be finalized by Theresa May with the Europeans would be a “terrible mistake”, far from the promises of the referendum to 2016. “It would leave us trapped in a relationship of subordinate to the european Union without a voice in the chapter on the rules that impacteraient stretches huge for our economy”. He denounces the false alternative presented by the government between agreement synonym of “vasselage”, and a “no deal” would result in “chaos”.
“Britain is on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second world War,” ton-t-he. This sudden release of a conservative politician policed and disciplined is very bad news for Theresa May. The negotiations with Brussels, in their last line right, would be on the verge of being concluded. The first minister looked forward to presenting the results of his government on Monday or Tuesday, before an extraordinary summit in Brussels by the end of the month to finalize the agreement with the Twenty-Seven, and then a ratification submitted to the british Parliament in December.
This radiance of a member, until then loyal to the government threat to this plan cautiously thought out. It was feared the sling vociférante “Brexiters” conservative extremists, the attack the more severe comes from the center, a moderate pro-european.
The shy Jo Johnson finds himself unexpectedly at the sides of his tempestuous brother. “My brother Boris, who has led the campaign to leave the EU, is also dissatisfied with the government’s proposals as I am. It has rightly been observed recently that the provisions would be “substantially worse than staying in the EU”. On it, he has reason, no doubt.” Bitterly, he concludes: “if these negotiations have not led to much else, they have at least gathered together in a consternation fraternal”.
Their sister, journalist Rachel Johnson, proeuropéenne also and in favour of a second referendum on the Brexit, says he is “immensely proud” of Jo, “who puts the interests of the country ahead of his political career”.