Boris Johnson's brother Jo quits, torn between family and country

A national "Let Us Be Heard" demonstration will take place October 19 in London, supported by the People's Vote and calling on Johnson to secure a Brexit deal that British voters will then approve or reject.

Opposition parties have so far resisted calls to go to the polls until the law is passed, but Labour and the Liberal Democrats are now under pressure to vote through Johnson's election plans.

"My expectation is Brexit is delayed until Jan. 31 with an election after the initial deadline and before the end of January", said Neil Jones, heady of currency sales for financial institutions at Mizuho Bank Ltd.

Johnson also faced questions from media at the Yorkshire event about the resignation hour earlier of his brother Jo Johnson as an MP and as a business minister in the government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave his first public reaction Thursday after his Brexit plans were derailed with a triple defeat in Britain's House of Commons.

His decision to stand down follows the brutal purge of 21 high-profile Tory MPs from the parliamentary party after they rebelled against the Government in a vote on Tuesday. Jo Johnson had quit May's government previous year and argued that Britain should have another vote over its decision to leave the European Union.

Asked if Brexit would happen on October 31, Johnson's belligerent senior adviser Dominic Cummings, a focus of many departing Conservative lawmakers' grievances, told Reuters: "Trust the people".

"Boris Johnson poses such a threat that even his own brother doesn't trust him", said Labour education spokesperson Angela Rayner. Under this plan, Brussels would decide how long the United Kingdom stayed in the EU.

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Sister Rachel Johnson, a journalist and TV personality, is in favor of keeping Britain within the European Union - she tweets that the family doesn't bring Brexit up at dinner to avoid ganging up on the prime minister.

Corbyn in response told MPs that Labour wants an election, but that Johnson's proposal for a 15 October poll was "a bit like the offer of an apple to Snow White by the wicked queen".

"I don't think he can run the country", said 90-year old Charles Hide.

He also announced he would be standing down as an MP for Orpington at the next general election.

The pound hit its highest level in five weeks against the U.S. dollar on Thursday as investors reacted to the diminishing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit following a string of government defeats.

REMY DAVISON: I think it is less likely because the Labour Party understand that this is a three-card trick and that they do not want the government changing the date of the election, so in other words, that Britain slides out of the European Union without a deal on the 31st of October before an election can actually take place.

"This is behaviour I never thought to see from any British government, and it must stop", Major said.

  • Darren Santiago