The brother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Jo Johnson, has announced his resignation as Secretary of State. The Prime Minister’s brother reported that on Thursday.
Jo Johnson was appointed by his brother in August as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He said in recent weeks that he has been “torn apart” between family loyalty and the national interest.
The resignation of Jo Johnson follows days after the British Prime Minister expelled 21 conservative lawmakers because they would not have supported his Brexit strategy.
Jo Johnson had previously expressed his support for a second referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.
“It is an honor to represent Orpington for nine years and to serve as a minister under three prime ministers,” writes Jo Johnson on Twitter.
“It’s an impossible task, and it’s time for others to take on my role as a member of parliament and minister,” he says.
It only takes 56 days before the Brexit deadline has arrived. However, there is still no clarity about what the retirement will look like.
A majority of the British House of Commons agreed on Wednesday evening with a motion to prevent a ‘no-deal Brexit’ by law. If the motion also passes through the House of Lords, Prime Minister Boris Johnson must go to Brussels to request a postponement of the Brexit.
The British High House is going to deal with the bill that should block a ‘no-deal Brexit’ and that should result in a further postponement of the Brexit before 5 p.m. (local time). The upper house members agreed on Wednesday night.
If the proposal comes through the House of Lords, it will be ready on Monday to be sent to the queen and passed as a law.