Tory MP Phillip Lee defects to Lib Dems midway through Johnson speech

He warned that the approach to Brexit would damage businesses in his constituency and that he could not support the government's opposition to the submission of the final deal to a parliamentary vote.

"This Conservative Government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways".

"It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is".

'More widely, it is undermining our country's economy, democracy and role in the world. "And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way", he added.

Lee, the MP for Bracknell, had threatened to quit the party before the summer recess.

Boris Johnson's smiles for NHS workers masks the fact that he has lost his Commons majority.

The PM is desperately trying to stave off a Tory revolt ahead of a Commons fight over his Brexit plans.

"Regarding the by-election, we don't need by-elections, we don't actually need general elections at the moment". The talkRADIO host said: "If you were elected, as you were, under a false prospectus, if you believe now having joined the Liberal Democrats that people didn't have full information in the European Union referendum and need full chance to vote".

The 328 to 301 vote cleared the way for Johnson's opponents to introduce a bill Wednesday that would prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal October 31.

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The prime minister is facing a showdown between himself and Tory rebels over Brexit. Critics said Johnson's move was a bid to silence MPs.

He said: "A lot of my colleagues have come under huge pressure".

'I'm just going to mourn the one I thought I had. This is my party.

The MP, who had been a member of the party for more than 27 years, said: "Those are not my values".

The prime minister held a last-ditch meeting with potential rebels including former cabinet ministers Mr Hammond, David Gauke and Greg Clark this morning.

"Let's get on with the people's agenda", he said. "It is Jeremy Corbyn's surrender bill".

He is now expected to table a motion for an early election before parliament on Wednesday, with the poll date expected before a crucial European Union summit on October 17 and 18.

It also spilled out onto the streets outside parliament, where anti-Brexit protesters gathered. The prime minister immediately said he would call for a new general election. The vote is expected to take place around 9pm BST on Tuesday. "There are no circumstances in which I could accept anything like it".

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