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Brexit: PM’s brother quits as Tory MP and minister

By , People Daily Digital
Thursday, September 5th, 2019 17:21 | < 1 min read
Jo Johnson
Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is resigning as an MP and minister, saying he is "torn between family loyalty and the national interest".

The business minister and Tory MP for Orpington, south-east London, cited an "unresolvable tension" in his role.

Mr Johnson voted Remain in the 2016 EU membership referendum, while his brother co-led the Leave campaign.

He resigned as a minister last year in protest at Theresa May's Brexit deal.

But he re-entered government during the summer, after Conservative Party members elected his brother as leader.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Johnson's resignation - following the removal of the Tory whip from 21 MPs this week for supporting moves to prevent a no-deal Brexit - showed "unbelievable timing".

She said Mr Johnson was "understood to be upset about the purge of colleagues" and that the brothers were "in very different places" on Brexit.

Mr Johnson's resignation comes as the government announced it would give MPs another chance to vote for an early election on Monday.

The fresh vote on an early election is scheduled just before Parliament is due to be prorogued - or suspended - from next week until 14 October.

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