Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost his majority in the House of Commons – six hours before a major Brexit vote.
Dr Phillip Lee, Member of Parliament for Bracknell, crossed the floor of the Commons on Tuesday afternoon joining the Liberal Democrats.
BREAKING: Utterly extraordinary! Phillip Lee has just crossed the floor in the House of Commons joining the Lib Dem’s.
Boris Johnson’s has now lost his majority. pic.twitter.com/oSAu2YMVrP
— Charlie Proctor (@MonarchyUK) September 3, 2019
This means Mr Johnson no longer has the 320 MPs required to secure the backing of a majority in the House of Commons.
The UK now has a minority government, however, with more MPs expected to resign the whip tonight, it seems unlikely Mr Johnson’s premiership will last, and a general election will be called.