In the last 48 hours, UK politics has seen rebellion, expulsions, resignations, and defections over the Brexit issue as the October 31 deadline looms.
But the latest development is very much a family affair;
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s brother Jo Johnson today announced his resignation as a Conservative MP (Member of Parliament) and government Minister.
Jo Johnson, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 Referendum and last year resigned from Theresa May’s government over her Brexit deal, cited being ‘.torn between family loyalty and the national interest’.
He was thanked by Downing Street for his 9 years of service as a Conservative MP for the South East London constituency of Orpington, where he held a large majority of over 19,000 votes.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The PM, as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo. The constituents of Orpington could not have asked for a better representative.”
The Prime Minister called his brother a “fantastic guy” and a “brilliant minister”.
But he added that he had a “different approach to me about the European Union”.
Jo Johnson will not resign his positions immediately, as this would necessitate a by-election, but is understood will formally resign prior to the next General Election, which, by all accounts is looming.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage commented that Jo Johnson’s resignation showed “…the center of gravity in the Conservative Party is shifting rapidly”.
Mr. Farage has offered to work with Boris Johnson in the event of a General Election to gain as many seats as possible from the opposition Labour Party.
Porter Medium continues to follow developments on the Brexit issue.