UK: Conservative politician Jo Johnson resigns over proposed Brexit deal

Conservative politician, and Boris Johnson's brother, Jo Johnson has recently announced his resignation in a Medium post titled "Why I cannot support the Government’s proposed Brexit deal." Below are some key takeaways from the statement.

  • It has become increasingly clear to me that the Withdrawal Agreement, which is being finalised in Brussels and Whitehall even as I write, will be a terrible mistake.
  • What is now being proposed won’t be anything like what was promised two years ago.
  • Even if we eventually secure a customs arrangement for trade in goods, it will be bad news for the service sector — for firms in finance, in IT, in communications and digital technology. 
  • When we were told Brexit meant taking back powers for Parliament, no one told my constituents this meant the French parliament and the German parliament, not our own.
  • The proposed Withdrawal Agreement parks many of the biggest issues about our future relationship with Europe into a boundless transitionary period.
  • Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War. 
  • I have today written to the Prime Minister asking her to accept my resignation from the Government.
  • It is now my intention to vote against this Withdrawal Agreement.

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