Wed. Feb 19th, 2020

U.K. Government’s Conservative Party Loses Majority as Boris Johnson Speaks in Parliament

The Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson, the Trump of England lost its working majority of 1 on Tuesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson was giving an address in Parliament, with lawmaker Phillip Lee crossing the floor of the House of Commons to defect to the Liberal Democrats in dramatic fashion.

Why it matters: Parliament will vote this week on whether to block the government from carrying out a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31, assuming Johnson isn’t able to strike a last-minute agreement with the European Union. Johnson has threatened to expel  Conservative lawmakers who vote against the government, and has signaled that he will call a general election if the legislation to block no-deal succeeds.

 In the context of Brexit, it doesn’t necessarily matter that Johnson has lost his majority, as a number of Conservative lawmakers are planning to vote against the government this week anyway. However, Lee’s defection adds to the chaos of Johnson’s still-short tenure as prime minister and underscores the intra-party divisions in Parliament that have hamstrung the Brexit process.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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