UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson loses majority in Parliament

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson loses majority in Parliament”

In a letter to Johnson, Lee resigned from his membership in the Conservative Party.

BORIS JOHNSON'S bullishness masked the fact that a former Tory Minister - Dr Phillip Lee - defected to the Lib Dems while the PM was on his feet delivering his opening statement to MPs on Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament.

After the vote, Downing Street said those Tory MPs who rebelled would have the whip removed, effectively expelling them from the parliamentary party.

Johnson has demanded the Irish backstop is removed from the current withdrawal agreement negotiated by his predecessor Theresa May, and signed by him when he was foreign minister, or he will take Britain out of the European Union without a deal on October 31.

He shares our commitment to prevent a disastrous no-deal Brexit, and to stop Brexit altogether.

But government minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said the move sought to "confound the referendum result" after Britons voted for Brexit in 2016.

Johnson says he wants to agree a divorce deal with Brussels, but says if this is not possible, Britain should leave the European Union next month regardless.

MP Phillip Lee dramatically switched parties while Johnson spoke to Parliament on Tuesday, walking from the section of the room where Conservatives sit to those where Liberal Democrats sit, according to the Washington Post.

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In 2018, Lee quit a ministerial position to fight Brexit.

Johnson told rebel MPs on Tuesday that a delay to Brexit would be an "extinction-level event", a government spokesman said.

Ahead of the fierce showdown in parliament Lee took his seat on the opposition benches as the prime minister addressed the House of Commons.

"This Conservative government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways", said Lee.

"We have to be prepared for a no-deal on October 31", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told RTE Monday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who backs the delay bill, slammed Johnson's remarks, calling the prime minister's policies "dangerous and reckless". The Conservative Party that attracted me to join it as a young man was a broad political church.

He bemoaned the negative transformation of this "once great party", claiming that it had become infected by "twin diseases of populism and English nationalism".

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