Jo Johnson, modest, reticent and somewhat of a loner, has long been regarded by Westminster viewers as a lighter version of his flamboyant older brother Boris. He is the Bobby Ewing against Boris & # 39; charismatic, naughty JR in Dallas & # 39 ;, according to a political commentator. However, there was nothing blatant about the full-blooded attack that Jo had launched yesterday on the premier, as he shamelessly borrowed from the playbook from his brother.
Jo Johnson (pictured outside on Friday) presented his resignation as transport minister this evening. In fact, he is loyal and moderate. His dismissal statements even shocked his best friends. One of Jo's biggest injuries to Theresa May was that her Brexit proposals "were present to the nation with a choice between two highly unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos." It was, he continued, "a failure of British political work on a scale we have not seen since the Suez crisis." Sounds familiar? Less than a month ago Boris urged the prime minister to stand harder on the Northern Ireland & # 39; backstop & # 39; issue and say, "If we leave this, it will be the biggest national humiliation since Suez. " At the same time the year that Boris said that if Britain left, but remained in close alignment with EU rules, people would ask & # 39; what is the use of what you have achieved? & # 39; because we would have gone from a Member State to a vassal state & # 39 ;. The similarities in their language are all the more remarkable because the brothers are firmly anchored on both sides of the Brexit debate.
There was nothing bliss about the full-blooded attack that Jo had launched on the premier yesterday. Johnson, 46, who acted as transport minister, is the deposited member of the Michael Heseltine Europhile wing of the Tory party who wants to kill the Brexit, hence his call for a second referendum. Boris, 54, who left the cabinet in July because of premier PM's check proposals are the standard bearer of the Brexiteers hardline, which wants to make Brussels the cleanest possible break. Now they are united in a common cause on the back seats because, as their sister, journalist Rachel Johnson said last night, neither of them wants the Brexit to be offered. Boris did not have time yesterday to tweet his support, but the question is: will they be the fierce Johnson's competitiveness and the personal ambition they both have on one side to work together, and what does this mean for Ms. May if she to do? They have always been close, despite a childhood that, according to Boris & # 39; biographer Andrew Gimson, one of & # 39; murderous meal-time quizzes, frightening ping-pong competitions, length, weight and blondeness competitions. Much – and not least, it has always seemed that Boris' destination was to move to Downing Street once. But it was Jo, elected MP for Orpington in 2010 after a career as a journalist, who became the first Johnson to join N0 10 as head of the Downing Street Policy Unit. Boris had to do with the city hall as mayor of London. Josh was the surprising choice of David Cameron to establish unity in 2013 and Johnson & # 39; Minor & # 39 ;, as he was known after he walked in the footsteps of Boris at Eton, was so excited about his great brother. It was not the first time that Boris looked at Jo with a bit of anxiety. He graduated in Oxford with a first-class degree in modern history, while Boris had only achieved 2: 1 in classics. Jo then acquired two further degrees from European universities.
One of Jo's most injured accusations against Theresa May was that her Brexit proposals "represent the nation with a choice between two highly unattractive outcomes, vassalage and chaos." It did not help when he came to the 2015 Tory. Manifesto worked. The first version became him & # 39; useless & # 39; discarded. But he persevered and stiffened, and after Tory's election victory, he was appointed minister of universities and science. Today he is considered an important member of the remaining clan in the parliamentary party Tory, known as the Sensibles & # 39 ;, led by former Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green, Federal Chancellor Philip Hammond, former house secretary Amber Rudd and Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Tories. The outgoing deputies of Burgos were seen by most MPs as: the naked ambitious former foreign secretary who faces a challenge to Ms. May about what he describes as her 'disturbed & # 39; plan of Dams. But Jo & # 39; s decision to go is not about personal ambition, according to his friends, but because he sees a chance to get the Brexit. He has also been unhappy as transport minister, moved sideways in the last realignment. Rachel Johnson, an avid stunner, said last night that she did not expect any tension in the family and would play against Jo this morning as usual. she let him win in recognition of his fundamental decision to stop. "No," she replied. "He always strikes me." Both brothers would continue to fight in their corners., She added. If Boris and Jo choose to forge a new alliance from the left and right of the party in a leadership battle, they will be a formidable be duo. And Mrs. May knows.