Was Jo Johnson’s Resignation an Act of Bravery or Betrayal?

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Jo Johnson quits as Tory MP and Business Minister suggesting that he had to choose between national interest and family loyalty.

The LBC presenter, James O’Brien was one of the first to react after the announcement asking the cabinet members to follow Jo Johnson as his gesture makes other memebers of the Government “look like cowards."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked his brother, Jo, for his service.

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Earlier in August, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, announced his plans to  planning to oust the incumbent PM, Boris Johnson with a vote of no confidence backed by a MPs coalition including rebel Tories. After intense negotiations,

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The prime minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service. He has been a brilliant, talented minister and a fantastic MP.

"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."

Also, former cabinet minister David Gauke, one of the MPs who lost the Conservative whip, tweeted: "Lots of MPs have had to wrestle with conflicting loyalties in recent weeks. None more so than Jo. This is a big loss to Parliament, the government and the Conservative Party."

His decision will be finally judged  in the next GE, but until then, what do you think?

Was Jo Johnson's resignation an act of bravery or betrayal?

Jo Johnson had only recently returned to government as a business minister with a brief that saw him attend his brother’s cabinet – after quitting a different frontbench role earlier this year in order to back a second referendum.

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  1. Robin says:

    Because he Knew Conditions When he Accepted ‘Cabinet”position. Remain fanatics Care more for Foreign Power than for British Democracy &constitution. Just liked SNp &mosleyites in 1930s&1940s

  2. Janet O’Malley says:

    I think it’s extremely brave because he’s in the same family Johnson. Also there has been a lot of abuse by Brexiters to those showing bravery and integrity wanting a democratic People’s Vote to get out of the impasse. The rightwing press have also abused those MPs who have changed their allegiance so he’ll have to put up with a lot of unpleasantness from them as they still blindly support the PM and Brexit.

    • Chris Jarvis says:

      You are joking ,I take it ? Leavers have done nothing but put up with vile abuse from Remainers since the day after the referendum. I was horrified and dismayed at the levels of vitriol and spite that was heaped upon ordinary people by the Remainers. It is a reflection of the contempt that ordinary working folk are held in by the elite parliamentarians and the elite trough snuffler hangers on and has beens who stand to lose money and hand outs from the EU.The fact that Leavers have taken this abuse and shennanigans on the chin since day one says more about their maturity, steadfastness and good manners in the face of provocation by those who would see us handcuffed to the crumbling edifice of corruption that is the EU.You want it ,fine,move there.

  3. Bob Young says:

    He is giving up his Parliamentary career in protest against actions by his Government and his Party which he considers contrary to the national interest.

    I, like many others, regard the actions of Doris Johnson and his Government as jeopardising the economic future of the UK, the jobs and welfare of the population and potentially threatening the continued union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Reports from the European Commission and MEPs betray Johnson’s deceit, duplicity and downright lies. There have been no negotiations for a revised deal; only a “No Deal Brexit” threat to bully the EU into destroying the integrity of the Single Market.

    It is our own Government that is betraying the British People by pursuing an ideologically based drive for a “No Deal Brexit” which will apart from causing untold harm will actually leave us in the same situation of having to make a deal with the 500 million market across th Channel.

    Jo Johnson’s resignation displays his loyalty to, and concern for his constituents and the wider public in contrast to the egotistical obsession of his brother

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