‘Many’ ministers may resign over UK PM Brexit plan
A resigned minister from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has said that “many” more ministers may decide to quit the cabinet to show they are dissatisfied with the way May it negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Jo Johnson, who resigned as junior transport minister on Friday in protest to May’s controversial Brexit plan, said many of his colleagues in the government were reflecting whether to stay on May’s cabinet and endorse an imminent Brexit deal with the EU or to quit and help it disintegrate.
“I know many are reflecting hard about the deal that’s looming and how they will respond to it. It’s up to (lawmakers) to take a stand, I’ve done so, if others feel that it’s right for them to do so then good on them,” said Johnson, whose brother Boris Johnson also stepped down as foreign minister in July after May announced her Brexit strategy.
Britain will officially leave the EU in March although it is still stuck in a disagreement with the EU on how the two should administer their only land border after Brexit. Hope were high a broad Brexit deal could be finalized this month but reports suggest negotiations could drag on into December.
Johnson reiterated in his Saturday interview with the BBC Radio that he had resigned because he was convinced that what was lying ahead of Britain at the end of the Brexit talks was either a bad deal or no-deal, both of them he said would badly hurt Britain.
The resignation of the conservative politician, who was pro-Europe and had challenged key Brexiteers like his brother, has dealt a serious blow to May’s efforts to sell her potential Brexit deal to the British Parliament where both the hardline Conservatives and senior figures from the opposition Labour party have vowed to reject the deal once it comes forward for ratification.