BoJo’s government majority destroyed as Tory MP defects to Lib Dems
While making his G7 statement to the House of Commons, Johnson was forced to shout over the roars of support for Lee, an ardent Remainer, who took his seat with his new Lib Dem colleagues on the opposition benches.
It means the prime minister is now in charge of a minority government. It’s a humiliating turn of events for Johnson, at a time when he is seeking to push through Brexit, deal or no deal, by October 31.
In a damning statement posted on social media, Lee blasted the Tory government for “aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways,” adding that Johnson’s administration is using “political manipulation, bullying and lies.”
He bemoaned the negative transformation of this “once great party,” claiming that it had become infected by “twin diseases of populism and English nationalism."
After a great deal of thought, I have reached the conclusion that it is no longer possible to serve my constituents’ and country’s best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament. My letter to the Prime Minister: pic.twitter.com/0QreSbSdwR— Dr Phillip Lee MP (@DrPhillipLeeMP) September 3, 2019
It comes as British lawmakers have reconvened after the summer recess and are debating ahead of a planned vote on new legislation which would prevent a no-deal Brexit. The vote is expected to take place around 9pm BST on Tuesday.
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