Four British ministers who back remaining in the European Union are close to quitting Theresa May’s government over Brexit, says a Sunday paper

The Sunday Times also said that the European Union has rejected May’s plan for an independent mechanism to oversee Britain’s departure from any temporary customs arrangement it agrees.

Transport minister Jo Johnson, brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris, has already resigned from Mrs May’s government, demanding the public has another say on Brexit.

He said the UK was “barrelling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU”.

It was “imperative” to “go back to the people and check they are content to proceed on this extraordinary basis”, he said.

He voted to remain in the EU while his brother was a leading Brexiteer.

Jenny Chapman, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, said: “Jo Johnson is the eighteenth minister to resign from Theresa May’s government. She has lost all authority and is incapable of negotiating a Brexit deal within her own party, let alone with the EU.

“Theresa May is in office, but not in power.”

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