Jo Johnson MP leaves Broadcasting House, home of the BBC, in London, Great Britain, on November 10, 2018. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's Jo Johnson said she knew other ministers and lawmakers are "pondering" about the opportunity to stop protesting Theresa May's Brexit plan after her dramatic resignation on Friday increased her pressure on the prime minister.
The Minister of Youth Transport – and younger brother of the former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson – issued a searing criticism of the May operation on Brexit on Friday, when he suddenly stopped, saying that the country had to withdraw from the 39, incumbency and make a second referendum on the exit from the EU.
Jo Johnson had previously voted to remain in the bloc, and his departure is likely to galvanize other pro-EU ministers to oppose the May agreement, along with Brexiteers inside the ruling party who have already said they do not they will vote for the plan.
"I know that many are thinking seriously about the business that is looming and how they will respond, but it is obvious that each of them will work out the best way to respond," he told BBC Radio.
"This is one of the most important questions we will ever have in our political careers.It is up to (legislators) to take a position.I have done it, if others feel it is right that they do it and then do them well."
Johnson said that now there is a huge gap between the type of Brexit promised by his brother Boris, an important activist to leave the EU, and the agreement that May is beating in Brussels.
As a result, he said it would be a "democratic disguise" if the government did not consult the public if it still wanted to leave the world's largest trade bloc.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, an important Brexiteer in the May party, told BBC Radio that he rejected the call for another referendum, but accepted the criticism of the deal. He said that in its current form it would not have enough conservative support to get a vote in parliament.
Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Hugh Lawson