Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Boris Johnson LOSES Commons majority after Tory rebel QUITS mid-speech to join Lib Dems | Politics | News

During a heated debate between the Prime Minister and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Lee walked across the floor from the Conservative Party bench to sit with the Liberal Democrats. In his resignation to the Prime Minister, Mr Lee lashed out at the party and the Government specifically for it “aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways”. He said: “Over 27 years ago I joined then Conservative and Unionist Party led by Sir John Major. Since 2010 I have had the privilege of representing the Bracknell Constituency.

“The party I joined in 1992 is not the party I am leaving today.

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

“It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is wantonly endangering the integrity of the UK.

“More widely, it is undermining our country’s economy, democracy and role in the world.

“It is using political manipulation, bullying and lies.

“And it is doing these things in a delicate and considered way.

“That is why today I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats.

“I believe the Liberal Democrats are best placed to build the unifying and inspiring political force needed to heal our divisions, unleash our talents, equip us to take the opportunities and overcome the challenges that we face as a society – and live our country and our world in a better place for the next generations.”

Mr Johnson is currently involved in a heated clash with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons ahead of toinight’s crunch vote in Westminster.

Parliament will vote on a bill designed to block the Prime Minister taking the UK out of the European Union on October 31 with a no deal Brexit. 

Mr Johnson has always insisted Britain would leave the bloc on this date – with or without a deal, “no ifs or buts”. 

But last week his decision to announce plans to suspend Parliament for five weeks from September 14 sparked outrage across Westminster.  

The move was seen as a last-ditch attampt to block a no deal Brexit, as it would leave ministers just two weeks successfully do this.

This led to immediate action from rebel Remainers, leading to MPs forming a cross-party alliance in the Commons with a bill introduced by veteran MP Hillary Benn and supported by the likes of Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Nick Boles. 

The bill is designed to block a no deal, which will be voted on later tinight, but a defeat for the Prime Minister would leave his Brexit plans in tatters.

This is a breaking story. More to follow.

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