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The Johnsons at war: JoJo, BoJo and Dad and their differing opinions on Brexit

The Johnson family have very different opinions on Brexit.

Jo Johnson’s resignation as a junior minister this week showed he was not on the same wavelength as his brother Boris.

Calling for a second referendum to be held on Brexit, Mr Johnson denounced the choice between Theresa May’s Chequers plan and a no-deal scenario.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: (L to R) Stanley Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Jo Johnson attend the launch of Boris Johnson's new book "The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History" at Dartmouth House on October 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

(L to R) Stanley Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Boris Johnson and Jo Johnson (Picture: Getty Images)

This followed Boris’ resignation in July over Theresa May’s plans.

But he wasn’t keen on a new vote.

Their dad Stanley Johnson also got involved in the debate and seemed to back Jo over Boris.

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What Jo Johnson said

Jo Johnson resigned after calling the current Brexit dilemma a ‘failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis’.

He said the two choices of Mrs May’s Chequers deal and no-deal Brexit had left Britain facing ‘vassalage’ or ‘chaos’.

Mr Johnson said his role as transport minister had caused him concern about the impact of a no-deal outcome.

He denied he was trying to force the Prime Minister out but did encourage other senior Tories to quit if they felt that was the right thing to do.

Asked if his brother Boris Johnson had lied to voters during the referendum about Brexit, the former transport minister said: ‘In the campaign there were undoubtedly promises made that have shown to be undeliverable. No one can dispute that.’

Jo Johnson had previously voted to remain in the European Union.

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File photo dated 02/10/18 of Boris Johnson, who has denounced a mooted Brexit deal with the EU as an "absolute stinker" and urged MPs to reject it. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 5, 2018. The Brexit figurehead was responding to reports that Prime Minister Theresa May is close to striking a deal with Brussels which would allow the creation of a whole-UK customs union, avoiding the need for the Northern Ireland border "backstop" that has been at the heart of the impasse in negotiations. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Boris Johnson is a Brexiteer (Picture: PA)

What Boris Johnson said

Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary in July in protest over Mrs May’s Chequers deal.

He has continuously criticised the Brexit negotiations and repeatedly urged the prime minister to abandon her plan.

He wrote in the Daily Telegraph: ‘There has been a collective failure of government, and a collapse of will by the British establishment, to deliver on the mandate of the people.’

What Stanley Johnson said

Stanley Johnson reacted to Jo’s resignation by praising him.

He told Channel 4 news his son had shown ‘a bit of sanity’ with his decision and wanted the UK had ‘to draw back from this cliff edge’.

He said: ‘I’m reminded of Tennyson’s Charge Of The Light Brigade.

‘I mean volley to the left of the them, volley to right of them, and the Prime Minister charges on into the valley of death.

? Licensed to London News Pictures. 10/11/2018. London, UK. JO JOHNSON MP and his father STANLEY JOHNSON leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after JO JOHNSON resigned as transport minister yesterday. Mr Johnson, brother of former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, resigned his ministerial post saying it's "imperative we go back to the people and check" they still want to leave. Photo credit: Ben Cawthra/LNP

Stanley and Jo Johnson (Picture: London News Pictures)

What Rachel Johnson said

Rachel Johnson has also been vocal about her stance has a Remainer and praised her brother Jo for resigning.

She said her ‘honourable and principled brother Jo who has put the interests of the country ahead of his political career’.

Ms Johnson previously challenged Boris to come up with a viable alternative for the Chequers plan.



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