May suffers new blow as minister resigns over Brexit


"The first option is the one the Government is proposing: an agreement that will leave our country economically weakened, with no say in the European Union rules it must follow and years of uncertainty for business".

He told the BBC: "When we get the final deal, and it feels like that's not very far away, Cabinet ministers will have to look into their hearts and see whether or not they feel they can support it".

"To present the nation with a choice between two deeply unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos, is a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis".

While the majority of his constituents voted to leave the European Union, he rejected the idea that a vote on "what an idealised Brexit might offer" versus what was being delivered in reality, matched up to what many had voted for, describing the current state of things as an affront to democracy. "If these negotiations have achieved little else, they have at least united us in fraternal dismay", he said.

And the DUP leader said her party could not support Theresa May's current position.

He added: "In the sense that if you betray the British people where they no longer believe in democracy... you don't know what the consequences are".

There are real questions about how we will be able to guarantee access to fresh food and medicine if the crucial Dover-Calais trade route is clogged up.

The resignation is not just significant for the government's immediate plans, but also is yet another vote in parliament that could reject the Brexit plan, leaving the whole project in a crisis without any clear resolution.

"It can not be what you wanted nor did the 2016 referendum provide any mandate for it".

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As a result, he said it would be a "democratic travesty" if the government did not consult the public on whether they still wanted to leave the world's largest trading bloc.

Jo Johnson, who unexpectedly resigned as a minister last Friday, has said colleagues are "reflecting hard" on their next steps.

Another week closer to March 30, another week without a Brexit deal being agreed and even more divisions on the left and right of British politics. It is a surrender of control. "What we can do is recognise the reasons why people voted Leave".

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

"It's time for all of us in the Labour party to make the full-throated case for a people's vote with the option of remaining in the European Union".

"Brexit has divided the country".

"The referendum in 2016 was the biggest democratic exercise in this country's history".

May issued an immediate rejection through her Downing Street spokesman: "We will not under any circumstances have a second referendum".