Boris Johnson’s brother quits politics in new Brexit blow

Boris Johnson's brother, Jo, is resigning from the government, and will stand down as a Member of Parliament after almost a decade.

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The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation tweeted that he'd been "torn between family loyalty and the national interest."

Prime Minister’s brother quits politics

Boris Johnson‘s brother, Jo, is resigning from the government, and will stand down as a Member of Parliament after almost a decade.

The Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation tweeted that he’d been “torn between family loyalty and the national interest.”

It’s not the first time Jo Johnson has resigned over Brexit.

In November last year he also quit — although that time it was over then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s beleaguered EU withdrawal plan.

Unlike his elder brother, Jo Johnson is a firm Remainer who has previously called for a second referendum. It’s a world away from the views of the Prime Minister — who has vowed to exit the EU “do or die” on October 31.

Twitter reacts to Jo Johnson’s resignation

Many on Twitter were quick to point out that Jo Johnson must be one of the few politicians quitting in order to spend less time with his family.

Meanwhile, director of think tank Chatham House, Robin Niblett, called it a “logical” move:

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