September 5, 2019 / 11:28 AM / 17 days ago

PM Johnson thanks brother, Jo, for his service after surprise resignation

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen outside Downing Street, as he waits to welcome Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in London, Britain September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked his brother, Jo, for his service after the younger sibling quit his ministerial role and said he would stand down from parliament, citing a conflict between family loyalty and the national interest.

“The Prime Minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service,” a spokesman from Johnson’s office said in a statement.

“He has been a brilliant, talented minister and a fantastic MP (Member of Parliament). The PM, as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo.”

Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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