Post by sevenofnine on Sept 3, 2019 18:43:10 GMT -5
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The move paves the way for MPs to pass legislation that would force Boris Johnson to seek a Brexit delay. The prime minister has said he will call for a general election if lawmakers vote to block no-deal Brexit.
Key developments of the day:
British lawmakers voted 328 to 301 in favor of a cross-party effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit on Tuesday evening. The development paves the way for lawmakers to potentially pass legislation on Wednesday that would force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline — something he said he would not do under any circumstances.
After the vote, Johnson said he will table a motion to call for a snap election. In order to call a new general election, the motion would need the support of two-thirds of lawmakers.
The prime minister's government lost its parliamentary majority, after Conservative MP Phillip Lee crossed the floor and defected to the Liberal Democrats as the prime minister spoke in the House of Commons.
Live updates (all times in UTC/GMT):
2205 All 21 of the rebel Conservative lawmakers who voted against Johnson's government on Tuesday will be kicked out of the party, a Downing Street spokesperson said. The MPs include Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, as well as former finance ministers Philip Hammond and Kenneth Clarke.
Soames told the BBC that he has only voted against a Tory government three times during his 37 years as a Conservative MP and that he would not be running again as a candidate in the next election.
"But that's the fortunes of war. I knew what I was doing. But I just believe that they're not