JO Johnson has announced he is to quit as an MP after previously serving as minister in his brother’s government.
The MP for Orpington backed Remain in the 2016 referendum but he quit over Theresa May’s Brexit plan. Here’s the latest.
Jo Johnson previously quit the Government and demanded a second referendum[/caption]
Who is Jo Johnson?
Joseph Edmund Johnson is Boris Johnson‘s younger brother and a former Rail minister.
He was elected the Member of Parliament for Orpington in the General Election in May 2010, and re-elected in 2015 and 2017.
The 47-year-old has been serving as the Minister for London since 2018, until his resignation on November 9, 2018.
From April 2013 to May 2015, he was the Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, and became Minister of State for the Cabinet Office in July 2014.
Following the May 2015 general election, Jo Johnson became the Minister for Universities and Science.
In January 2018, he became the Minister of State for the Department of Transport.
He is married to Amelia Gentleman, a reporter for The Guardian, and they have two children.
The rail minister said the Brexit deal was ‘substantially worse’ than staying in the EU[/caption]
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Why did he resign over Brexit?
Jo Johnson dramatically resigned as rail minister in November 2018, claiming he couldn’t back Mrs May’s plans any longer.
He said: “It’s a failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis.”
The Suez Crisis in 1956 saw Britain humiliated over the invasion of Egypt.
He branded the two Brexit options on the table as “vasselage or chaos” and said he was campaigning for a second people’s vote.
He wrote: “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.”
Jo – who voted Remain in 2016 – said: “What is now being proposed won’t be anything like what was promised two years ago.
“Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War. I believe it is entirely right to go back to the people and ask them to confirm their decision to leave the EU.”
However, Jo appears to have done a U-turn since his brother swept into power.
Eight months after his dramatic resignation, he’s now joined a Government that has ruled out a second referendum entirely.
He was appointed minister for universities and science, a role he held from 2015-2018.
It remains to be seen how Jo will push through his beliefs against his much more powerful brother Boris.