There’s news out of the U.K. to report this morning as Jo Johsnon, brother to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced his resignation as a minister and Conservative MP over the ongoing Brexit mess:
The Prime Minister's brother Jo Johnson has announced his resignation as a minister and Conservative MP for Orpington saying he has "been torn between family loyalty and the national interest"
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) September 5, 2019
Thanksgiving or whatever similar holiday our former colonial masters celebrate is going to be rough in the Johnson house this year:
It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. 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. #overandout
— Jo Johnson (@JoJohnsonUK) September 5, 2019
And people think the U.S. is wacky? This is positively bananas:
The absolutely seismic Jo Johnson decision will be the moment that breaks the dam.
His brother's Govt has now plunged into the "incompetent" category that did for May in 2017 and Brown in 2010
— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) September 5, 2019
It hasn’t been a good week for Boris:
Boris Johnson’s first proper week as Prime Minister in full:
🧨 Lost 4 out of 4 votes. A 100% loss record as Prime Minister.
🧨 Lost his majority as a Tory joined the Lib Dems and he sacked 21 Tory MPs
🧨 Lost his brother – Jo Johnson MP – who has just resigned
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) September 5, 2019
BREAKING Jo Johnson standing down.
Clearly can’t stomach his brother’s no deal Brexit plans.
The wheels have come off the Boris bus. https://t.co/uzwrf2YS0n
— Mary Creagh (@MaryCreaghMP) September 5, 2019
More from the Spectator:
In some ways, Johnson’s appointment as a minister was surprising. The MP for Orpington had quit as transport minister under Theresa May over his issues with her Brexit position. At the time, Jo Johnson – who backed Remain in the EU referendum – called for the public to have a fresh say on Brexit. It follows that Jo was at odds with his brother on Brexit for some time.
According to reports, Jo didn’t give brother Boris a heads up that this was happening:
Senior No10 staff had no warning about Jo Johnson's resignation. Unclear when he told Boris. An extraordinary hostile act from his own brother. This is what Millibands do to each other not Johnsons.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) September 5, 2019