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WorldBoris Johnson's own brother dramatically quit as an MP and government minister, accusing him of trashing the national interest

14:06  05 september  2019
14:06  05 september  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

Grandson of Winston Churchill sacrifices party membership, joins rebel Tories in voting against Boris Johnson

Grandson of Winston Churchill sacrifices party membership, joins rebel Tories in voting against Boris Johnson Rogue Conservative lawmakers, including the grandson of Winston Churchill, sacrificed their party membership and voted Tuesday to take control of Parliament on a dramatic day in British politics that left Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for a snap election. © Alberto PezzaliNicholas Soames, the grandson of Churchill, joined Tory grandees Ken Clarke and Phillip Hammond — both former finance ministers — and 18 other Conservatives in voting in favor of the government-defying procedural vote. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Boris Johnson ' s own brother dramatically quit as an MP and government minister , accusing him of trashing the national interest . Johnson , unlike his brother supports remaining in the European Union and has called repeatedly for a second Brexit referendum. He was an MP for the Orpington

Jo Johnson , the cabinet minister and brother of the prime minister , has announced that he is to step down as an MP and minister . Johnson had held this position from 2015 to 2018 under David Cameron and Theresa May but resigned from the government in November last year, when he

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has stepped down as a member of parliament, saying he is "torn between family loyalty and the national interest" in a tweet Thursday.

Boris Johnson's own brother dramatically quit as an MP and government minister, accusing him of trashing the national interest© Reuters

Johnson, unlike his brother supports remaining in the European Union and has called repeatedly for a second Brexit referendum.

He was an MP for the Orpington constituency on the outskirts of London and Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Jo Johnson’s resignation comes after his brother was thwarted in a bid to call an early election in October, just weeks before the UK is set to leave the European Union. MPs have yet to approve a Brexit bill, and unless they are able to do so, the UK will drop out of the EU with no deal.

Discontent in Johnson’s Conservative Party has grown in recent days after Boris decided to expel 21 senior MPs from the party after they backed a bill that would see Brexit delayed until 2020.

The ousted MPs, who included two former chancellors and Winston Churchill’s grandson, are popular figures in the party and Boris has reportedly been challenged by leading members of his cabinet to repeal their expulsion.

Jo had previously resigned from his position as a minister in the cabinet of his brother’s predecessor Theresa May, where he served as the transport minister.

He had also opposed May’s approach to Brexit, and said at the time that the UK was “barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit.”

Boris Johnson: I didn't lie to the Queen.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected accusations that he lied to the Queen over his controversial suspension of Parliament in the run-up to the Brexit deadline. © Getty Images Boris Johnson's move has put the Queen at the center of a political controversy. Johnson was asked on Thursday if he had lied to the monarch, after a Scottish court ruled the day before that his government's advice to the Queen, which led to the five-week prorogation, was "unlawful." "Absolutely not," Johnson replied, according to the UK Press Association.

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