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Boris Johnson's brother quits as MP citing national interest
British prime minister Boris Johnson's younger brother, Jo, has resigned as a junior minister and said he would also step down as a member of parliament (MP), citing a conflict between family loyalty and the national interest.

His surprise resignation comes days after the prime minister expelled 21 Conservative lawmakers from the party for failing to back his Brexit strategy, including Winston Churchill's grandson and a former finance minister.

Since taking office in July, Boris Johnson has tried to corral the Conservative Party, which is deeply divided over Brexit, behind his strategy of leaving the European Union on October 31st, with or without a deal.

Jo Johnson (47) had previously expressed backing for a second referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU, but accepted a job as a junior minister in the business and education departments when his brother became prime minister. "It's been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs." Jo Johnson said on Twitter. "In recent weeks I've been torn between family loyalty and the national interest - it's an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister," he said.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 01:06:51 PM EST
The online ridicule directed at Johnson today has been relentlessly hilarious.

The only upside of Brexit is the quality of the comedy and satire it has generated.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 05:57:50 PM EST
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the first MP to resign from politics to spend less time with his family

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 09:03:41 PM EST
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It has to be said, the spectacle of the Brexit clusterf*ck has certainly put a damper on all the various Nexit, Frexit, Itexit movements around the continent. "Leaving the EU" has been quietly removed of the extreme right parties platforms for the last European elections.

Heck, it makes even Italian politics look tame in comparison (and they have no shortage of colorful characters either).

by Bernard on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 09:18:32 AM EST
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