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Boris Johnson’s Brother Resigns From Parliament In Latest Defeat

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been stymied by Parliament over his goal to pull the United Kingdom out of the European Union without an exit deal, suffered another defeat Thursday when his little brother quit the government and stepped away from his Parliament post.

“It’s been an honor to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs,” Jo Johnson, a junior business minister in his brother’s cabinet and a member of the Conservative Party, said on Twitter.

“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout,” said the 47-year-old Johnson, who has been a member of Parliament since 2010.

The prime minister, who took office in July after his predecessor, Theresa May, was brought down by Brexit, is determined to leave the European Union without a divorce deal on the Oct. 31 deadline.

But Parliament dealt Boris Johnson several blows Wednesday by voting to block his plan for a no-deal Brexit and his call for snap elections next month.