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Phillip Lee quits Tories, leaving government without a majority - Guardian
Former minister defects to Lib Dems, accusing Boris Johnson of pursuing a `damaging Brexit'
Boris Johnson has seen his one-vote Commons majority vanish before his eyes, as a statement by the prime minister to parliament was undermined by the very public defection of the Conservative MP Phillip Lee to the Liberal Democrats.

The stunt, in which the pro-remain Bracknell MP walked across the chamber to the Lib Dem benches flanked by two of his new colleagues, happened as Johnson updated the Commons on last month's G7 summit, a statement devoted mainly to Brexit.
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MPs will vote on Tuesday evening on whether to take control of the order paper to allow the passage of the bill. Johnson has promised to seek a general election if they do so.

Calling Boris's bluff.

Should Parliament pass a proposed bill requiring that the Government request a delay if there is no agreed withdrawal plan by Oct 15 this could scupper Boris's plans. It could force him to resign by October 15. If not there would be a clear constitutional crisis. My question is: Given such a law and no deal by Oct 15 would the EU be justified in extending the date regardless of the actions of the PM. Who is sovereign - the PM or Parliament?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 04:53:10 PM EST
A notorious homophobe and austerity enthusaist, his welcome into the LibDems shatters their claim to still be a socially or economically progressive party.

Swinson herself has voted with the tories more often that Gove has.

I said months ago that the formal tory party will split, the brexit ultras will forge an alliance with Farage's brexit party, the rump will either resign at the next election or drift in their ones and twos into Swinson's increasingly conservative right wing party. The LibDems are becoming the new Conservative party, the brexit tories may never end their right wing drift until they are in the full embarce of Farage or ukip.


keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 09:13:23 PM EST
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It should be noted that scores of LibDem members have already announced their resignation in protest at Lee's membership.


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 3rd, 2019 at 09:14:31 PM EST
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Where will they go? To Labour?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 12:05:38 AM EST
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Don't know. Don't care.

Most of them were perfectly A-OK with supporting Tory austerity and racism, so I'd hope they'd find no welcome in the Labour party

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 08:26:38 AM EST
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Economically the LibDems are neolib, which is nothing but regressive.  The gift to the rentier class that keeps on giving.  And while they've paid lip service to social causes, they've had no problem voting to hold the color line, as you noted.  If you sleep with dogs, you wake up with fleas, and all these leavers are likely to find out what it's like to be held at arm's length.  I think they will need to prove they are not personally as "morally flexible" as their erstwhile party.
by rifek on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 09:44:58 PM EST
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