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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

Queen approves UK government's request to suspend parliament for Brexit

Queen approves UK government's request to suspend parliament for Brexit The move is designed to ensure the UK leaves the EU by October 31.

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.”

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