Johnson made the shock resignation via an online video through his Twitter account. The Orpington MP, whose brother Boris spearheaded the Leave campaign, warned PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal would leave the UK outside the EU but “wholly subject” to its rules.
With great regret, I’m resigning from the Government – I have set out my reasons in this article and the video below. https://medium.com/@JoJohnsonUK/why-i-cannot-support-the-governments-proposed-brexit-deal-3d289f95f2bc …
The now ex-cabinet minister, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum, made the stark claim that the issue of Brexit meant “Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War.”
He claimed the decision as to whether the UK now leaves the EU should be put into the hands of British citizens through a ‘people’s vote’.
Johnson said: “I think it is imperative that we now go back to the people and check that they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis.