United Kingdom junior transport minister quits over 'terrible mistake' of Brexit deal

Rail minister Jo Johnson has quit his post over the government’s handling of Brexit

The choice being presented to the British people was no choice at all, he said in an online article, announcing his resignation.

He said it would also be economically weakened and come with years of uncertainty for business.

"This would not be about re-running the 2016 referendum, but about asking people whether they want to go ahead with Brexit now that we know the deal that is actually available to us".

"Given that the reality of Brexit has turned out to be so far from what was once promised, the democratic thing to do is to give the public the final say", he added.

In a tweet, Boris said he had "boundless admiration" for his brother and that they are "united in dismay" at the indefensibility of May's position even though they disagree over Brexit.

Johnson says Theresa May's Brexit strategy will make Britain subordinate to the EU.

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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.

Mrs May is also under pressure from the DUP over her Brexit plans, as well as Eurosceptic Tories.

But in a warning to his brother and fellow Brexiteers, he added: "Inflicting such serious economic and political harm on the country will leave an indelible impression of incompetence in the minds of the public".

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

Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg also criticised attempts to force a new poll on European Union membership.

He wrote: "Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo".

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"We may not have agreed about Brexit but we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible". It is a surrender of control.

"My brother Boris.is as unhappy with the government's proposals as I am", he said.

Calling for a new referendum, Mr Johnson said: "My view is that this is so different from what was billed that it would be an absolute travesty if we do not go back to the people and ask them if they actually do want to exit the European Union on this extraordinarily hopeless basis".

"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", he explained. Conservative MP and vocal proponent of a second referendum Anna Soubry welcomed Johnson's move and urged others to speak out to.

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

"I think we are at a sensitive point in the negotiations, a successful outcome is not guaranteed but I think it is possible in the next couple of weeks", Varadkar said on Friday (November 9).

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Rail minister Jo Johnson has quit his post over the government's handling of Brexit.

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