October 2, 2019 / 11:12 AM / 2 months ago

'Ace up my sleeve' - UK PM Johnson reveals his mother voted to quit the EU

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a closing speech at the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain, October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Wednesday what he described as his “ace up my sleeve” - that his mother voted to leave the European Union at a referendum, trying to make light of the divisions in his family over Brexit.

“I am going to quote that supreme authority in my family - my mother, and by the way for keen students of the divisions in my family on matters of the EU, I want you to know that I have kept the ace up my sleeve - my mother voted leave,” he told his Conservative Party’s annual conference.

His brother Jo Johnson, who voted to remain in 2016, resigned as a minister earlier this year, citing a conflict between family loyalty and the national interest.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, William James and Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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