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A Conservative MP's defection just cost Boris Johnson his parliamentary majority

Bennie Garza | 05 September, 2019, 17:15

Phillip Lee has defected from the Conservative Party to the Liberal Democrats, leaving Boris Johnson without a working majority in the House of Commons.

Lee took a seat on the side of the Opposition members as the prime minister addressed the House of Commons.

'This Conservative government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered onto the streets across Britain in protest against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament.

Speaking after joining the party, Lee said: "Over 27 years ago I joined the Conservative & Unionist Party led by Sir John Major".

The MP for Bracknell began: "I'm actually keeping my eye on the ball". The MP for Bracknell said the decision was hard, and one he had been thinking about "for a few months".

Johnson had promised to leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal, but several leaders across party lines united against it.

Though widely expected, Dr Lee's move was significant because it left Mr Johnson - and the Government - without a working majority in the Commons before critical votes over a no-deal Brexit and, potentially, an early election.

She said her fears that the Conservative Party was morphing into Nigel Farage's Brexit Party had "come to pass" and accused the current leadership of "narrowing down" the party's appeal.

The source said the motion would be published before MPs vote on Tuesday so they would know the consequences of voting against the Government.

"He shares our commitment to prevent a disastrous No Deal Brexit, and to stop Brexit altogether", she said. "And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way", he added.

Dr Lee, who was a justice minister from 2016 to 2018, resigned from the party ahead of a crucial vote when backbench MPs are attempting to block the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. But two Labour MPs and one Tory serve as deputy speakers and don't take part in votes.

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