Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, has lost the majority in the parliament, after one of his Conservative Party members defected to the Liberal Democrats on Tuesday.
Philip Lee got up to sit on the Liberal Democrats’ bench while Boris was halfway delivering a speech in the House of Commons.
The surprise move means there is now no parliamentary majority. Philip crossed the floor ahead of a crucial vote tonight, in which rebel MPs will try to take control of the Parliamentary agenda and block a no-deal.
In a letter explaining his decision, the lawmaker representing Bracknell, said it was “no longer possible to serve my constituents’ and the country’s best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament. He said he believed the Liberal Democrats were the best party to build a ‘unifying and inspiring political force”.
The development will come as a blow to Johnson, who faces a showdown with rebels from his own party and others tonight.
Johnson has said he will call a snap election if he is defeated by an alliance of cross-party MPs seeking to extend the Brexit deadline to avoid a no-deal.