UK government loses majority as Conservative MP defects

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

Johnson loses an MP

MP Phillip Lee has defected after determining that Johnson is pursuing a 'damaging Brexit'.

"I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrat's. I believe the LDs are best placed to build the unifying & inspiring political force needed to heal our divisions, unleash our talents, equip us to take the opportunities and overcome the challenges we face as a society," Lee said.

The pound is now into positive territory after touching a three-year low earlier today.

This was quite a dramatic moment and he did it just as Johnson was about to take the floor.

Johnson meanwhile said:
  • We returned from G7 talks with 'real momentum'
  • Government determined to leave Oct 31 'come what may'
  • There are solutions which avoid no infrastructure on the Irish border
  • Will meet Irish PM on Monday
  • If parliament blocks no-deal Brexit, all progress will have been for nothing
  • I am confident of getting a deal
Here is Lee's letter:
Philip Lee letter
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