Like a gloomy Brexit deal the Johnsons reunited

OHalf an hour's train ride from London, rpington has all the features of a suburban town: independent shops, traditional English cafés and pubs. A little further down the road from the train station is a thatched house housing the local Conservative Association. A huge Jo-Johnson banner is hoisted out onto the lawn, and his face stares at the drivers heading south to Kent. Despite this fact, and the fact that it's been less than 24 hours since this particular Johnson resigned from the government and the Brexit crisis that devoured Theresa May, many of his constituents recognize his on the tree-lined main street Do not name.

At the Asian restaurant Reku Zen, 24-year-old Denislav Ivanov wipes floors. He only heard of the other Tory MP named Johnson. "The guy with the hair has a brother and is against Brexit?" Asks Ivanov in disbelief. He believes that Brexit will be bad for our economy. However, having moved from Poland through Europe since leaving Poland, he is not worried about his own status. "I speak Spanish, I'm young – I'm going to move to Spain," he says.

Some of those who knew their deputies by name had also resigned on Friday. "I warned him that Brexit will significantly worsen Dover traffic due to customs controls," says Frieda McClorey, 85, while waiting for her bus. "I think he did the right thing when he resigned. I voted to stay, although many of my friends voted for the departure. I hope there will be another referendum, "she says.

Across the street, Charlotte Drake, 29, pauses as a mentor to the National Citizenship Project. Like a majority of people in Orpington, she voted for leaving. She was and is concerned about immigration. But Drake now believes the Leave campaign made many false promises. "Many people change their minds," she says – but she does not show how she shows her own hand.

When Jo Johnson's resignation has the intended effect, it accelerates the change of mind Drake noticed in that corner of Kent. Despite all the deep and bitter divisions in Westminster and across the country and the gradual resignations of her government (Jo Johnson was the sixth minister to specifically abandon Brexit), Theresa May has always believed that it fought hard during the crisis An agreement was offered to kick Britain out of the EU on 29 March next year, and her party and country would all join forces with her to allow a resignation agreement to pass through Parliament. The country would gather behind its vision of Brexit.

As people become more aware of what is leaving the EU, many MPs believe that the opposite may be the case. This weekend, as time runs out, Tory supporters and the Brexitans are increasingly uniting – contrary to the Prime Minister's expectations. More and more are against the offer – from their various sides of the Brexit ideology. The Johnson family is split between Brexiter Boris and those remaining in the tribe, his brother Jo, his sister Rachel and his father Stanley. However, they agree on one thing: the May Agreement would be a terrible event for the country, and would do Britain much worse than if it stayed in the EU.

Charlotte Drake, a resident of Orpington.



Charlotte Drake, a resident of Orpington, says many people are changing their mind about Brexit. Photo: Eleni Courea for the observer

After Labor's decision to vote against any deal that fails its six trials, and Tory Hard Brexiters led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, also threatening to vote their deal, May's hopes for a "permit application." "to win in parliament, to dwindle quickly. Ulster Unionst's ten MPs, who support the May administration, say they will reject anything that could create a hard line in the Irish Sea.

Yesterday, Jo Johnson encouraged other Tory ministers to follow him from the government if they felt like him. "I think that is so important that it is up to MEPs to take a stand. I did it. If others feel it is right to do so, that's good for them, "he told BBC Radio 4 today Program. "This is one of the most significant questions we will ever face in our political career. And everyone thinks about it very carefully. "

He had acted, he said, because he felt duty to his constituents in Orpington. The highways through Kent would become a huge truck park and the economic damage would be felt by everyone. "My priority is really to get involved as a now deputy banker to encourage the country to pause and ponder before we do something that is irrevocably stupid." The former Transport Minister called for a new referendum and added: "My view This is so different from what has been charged that it would be an absolute travesty if we do not return to the people and ask them if they really want to leave the EU on this extremely hopeless basis. "

Yesterday, former Tory Education Minister Justine Greening added the feeling that a Tory party is at war. She rips in Maye's deal, saying that it would achieve exactly the opposite of what Eurosceptics had always wanted – a return of sovereignty to the UK the EU. "The parliamentary deadlock has been clear for some time," said Greening. "It is important now that Parliament rejects this plan because it is the greatest sovereign gift of modern times. Instead, the government and parliament must recognize that we should give people a final word on Brexit. Only they can overcome the stalemate and choose from the practical options for Britain's future, which are now on the table. "

The Tory MP and Archbishop Anna Soubry spent a lot of time talking to members of her Broxtowe constituency in Nottinghamshire, including some former Hardxline Brexiters, and said she had changed her mind. "There are people who have been tirelessly the Brexit, the true believers, who are saying now instead of having this terrible agreement that is neither fish nor filth, and with all the economic harm that would be there, we should do it again think and give people a chance to reject it. What Jo Johnson articulates is what more and more people have begun to feel-that we can not do this because it's not what someone, no matter how his original views, wanted. "

As more and more Tory fans and dropouts face them, Mays task is daunting. The immediate task of Downing Street is to persuade its deeply divided Cabinet to unite around the last unresolved element of a potential deal with the EU: the legally complex issue of how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit can be. Downing Street knows it's a race against time. May is desperate to file a petition in front of the lower house before Christmas in the hope that it will somehow pass. Number 10 was in a Cabinet meeting earlier this week, probably on Tuesday. There is still disagreement among their high-level ministers about how Britain would exit the so-called "backstop agreement", which would leave the entire UK in the EU customs union until a final EU-EU trade agreement is reached. Several cabinet ministers are dissatisfied with what they fear to be misinterpreted in the resignation agreement, as this is not a clear path to abandon the attack. You want comprehensive legal advice and guarantees that the EU can not prevent us from getting rid of the EU system once and for all, so that Britain can make its own trade agreements.

Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt are worried and others like Penny Mordaunt, Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom have been thinking about their positions.

Downing Street is not only worried about further resignations of ministers and cabinet members, but also worries that the full timetable for pushing a whole series of resignation laws through Parliament until March 29 of next year is too tight manage.

The deal must also satisfy the 10 DUP deputies who support the May administration. Trade unionists are deeply suspicious that what is being cooked would create the hard border in the Irish Sea, which was promised that it would never be built as a result of Brexit and that it can not accept it, as it is fundamentally different from Northern Ireland Border would sever rest of UK.

The Tory whips know that a parliamentary vote on a Brexit deal is too close to call. As a result, they have called for the support of Labor MPs in constituencies who they believe could support a reasonably decent deal, not least because their constituents are fed up with waiting for Brexit, which they fear more than two years ago.

The Brexit splits Labor probably as deep as the Tories. Along with a handful of avid lab Brexitters like Kate Hoey and Graham Stringer, who are sure that they will support May's deal to win Britain, because that's what they've been wanting for a long time, there are a dozen others, too which one may be tempted to defy their own party leaders and support the Prime Minister.

One of them is Gareth Snell, Labor MP of Stoke-on-Trent Central, who voted for departure at 70:30. On Friday, at the center of his constituency, the prevailing view of the electorate was that the deputies should hurry up with the Brexit.

Paul Walker, a cleaning lady, sat in the Potteries pantry in Stoke center on Friday and said he was fed up with delays and second votes because the country had big problems with immigration that would help Brexit. "Just keep going," he said. "If we have one more voice, there will be riots. Of all the promises they break, that would be the biggest of them all. "

Orpington locals Frieda McClorey



Orpington's Frieda McClorey hopes that there will be another referendum. Photo: Eleni Courea for the observer

Snell will wait for the offer, but says it is not out of the question that he could vote for what he proposes. "If the Prime Minister comes back with a customs agreement that will protect production and get us on the right deal, we should definitely take a look, because I'm not sure we can get a better deal by 29 March next year . "

In another sign of Labor's divisions, Jeremy Corbyn, himself a long-time critic of the EU, has been heavily criticized after appearing in his own party to hold the option of a second referendum that could hold Britain in the EU. Yesterday asked if he could agree with Johnson's call for a new referendum, backed by many of his own MPs, Corbyn said, "Not really, no. The referendum took place. Now it has to be how we bring people together, how to bring people together according to the principles of our economy and our rights, and that we are not turning this country into a kind of offshore tax haven as Donald Trump demands of us. "

After more than two years of Brexit negotiations nearing its end, Tories, Labor and the country seem to be more hopelessly divided and, in many cases, more insecure than ever.

Back in Orpington, Jo Johnson's voters have taken note and are intensely thinking about the position of their MP. Frances, 72, says, "I do not remember what I'm thinking. My husband and I both voted to go because we do not want to be ruled by Brussels. And I am strong against a European army. But I heard Jo Johnson resign because of Brexit, and it seems to me that another referendum could come because there is no other way to solve things. Theresa May is resolutely pushing what she wants to do. If we have another referendum, I'm not sure what I would vote for this time. The situation is so unstable, and I just want my children and grandchildren to have the best for them. "

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