Winston Churchill would be stunned by state of Tories, says Guy Verhoftstadt

Winston Churchill would be stunned by state of Tories, says Guy Verhoftstadt”

The announcement was the culmination of a dramatic day that saw a defection rob Johnson and his ruling Conservative Party of their single-seat majority in Parliament.

Rory Stewart, who was among those stripped of the Tory whip, branded the decision on Wednesday morning as "astonishing" adding it was something "you associate with other countries" rather than Britain.

"I can confirm that tonight we are tabling a motion under the Fixed-term Parliament Act".

It's after party rebels and opposition MPs defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law created to block a no-deal Brexit.

"I simply do not see the Conservative Party surviving in its current form if we continue behaving like this towards each other".

Conservative MP Phillip Lee has quit the Tories, dramatically crossing the floor of the Commons while Boris Johnson addressed MPs.

"I have to decide whether to vote Conservative if Boris Johnson is still the leader".

The vote is expected to take place around 9pm BST on Tuesday. Analysts say a so-called no-deal Brexit could be economically damaging and lead to food and medicine shortages.

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They joined with opposition MPs to begin the process of drafting legislation meant to stop Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union on October 31 if he has not agreed a deal with Brussels.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said he was "delighted" that MPs had expressed a "very clear view" in favour of a law to block no deal.

On NPR's Here and Now, Langfitt explained that Johnson may choose to run a campaign critical of Parliament and essentially say that lawmakers are "trying to rob the people of the Brexit vote" - and that he just needs an electoral majority to push it through.

Boris Johnson faced angry scenes in the House of Commons.

Asked to provide evidence of progress by several Tory MPs, he said he would not negotiate in public but reassured them he would give details of the UK's proposals well before the end of September to meet a deadline set by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The defection is the third to the resurgent Lib Dems in recent months, after Chuka Umunna, a former Labour MP, and Sarah Wollaston, an ex-Conservative, joined the ranks.

Soames has been in Parliament for 37 years and said he has only voted against his party three times.

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