UK transport minister resigns over Brexit; seeks 2nd vote

LONDON (AP) — A transport minister in the British government has stepped down to protest Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan and is backing calls for a second referendum on whether the country should leave the European Union.

Jo Johnson said Friday that the withdrawal agreement being discussed by EU and British leaders would be a “terrible mistake” that would leave Britain weaker economically and with “no say” in EU rules it must follow.

The only alternative, he says, is a no-deal Brexit that would “inflict untold damage on our nation.”

Johnson is the brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who resigned in July over the Brexit plan.

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Jo Johnson backed the “remain” side in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

May has said there will be no second referendum.

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