FORMER minister Jo Johnson is to call for an end to ‘parlour games’ about Brexit options and push for a second referendum.
In his first major speech since quitting as a transport minister in opposition to Theresa May’s proposed deal, he is expected to say: ‘The time for parlour games about alternative types of Brexit you would most like to see… is over. The country can’t afford to waste more time going down blind alleys.’
Arguing for a second vote, he will say the Conservative party’s reputation ‘would be undermined by implementing a botched Brexit, especially one that the government’s own analysis suggests will cause economic harm’.
His comments contrast with those of his brother, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who derided the government’s latest economic predictions. He tweeted: ‘The British economic establishment always gets it wrong. Wrong about joining the ERM, wrong about leaving it, wrong about joining the euro, wrong about Project Fear after the referendum. They can’t forecast six months out — why should we believe them over 15 years?’