Britain's Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit Parliament showdown

A 'stop brexit' sign next to European Union flags outside the Cabinet Office

After election threat, British lawmakers begin no-deal Brexit showdown

British lawmakers defeated Boris Johnson in parliament on Tuesday in a bid to prevent him taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce agreement, prompting the prime minister to announce that he would immediately push for a snap election.

The House of Commons voted to take up debate on the Letwin-Benn motion by 328 votes to 301.

Now MPs have voted to take control of parliament, they will be able to put a bill which seeks to take no-deal Brexit off the table.

Just 24 hours before Boris Johnson removed the whip from Ken Clarke for voting against the government and supporting the rebel alliances' attempt to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Clarke, who has been frequently named as a potential leader of an anti-Brexit caretaker government should Boris Johnson's government be brought down by Parliament, was a key steward in bringing the United Kingdom into the European Union through the Maastricht treaty in the early 90s.

Tain-based MP Jamie Stone, whose ward takes in Easter Ross, made his remarks after Tory rebels and opposition MPs defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law created to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Essential country doesn't crash out on a no-deal Brexit.

A spokeswoman for the European Commission said Tuesday that it had yet to see any "concrete proposals" from London on how it wants to change the existing deal.

On a day of high drama, an Edinburgh court also heard a legal challenge against Johnson's decision to suspend parliament next week for more than a month, with the ruling expected Wednesday.

The US investment bank JPMorgan said an election would make a no-deal Brexit more likely.

"But I'm afraid that's not what the Prime Minister wants to do".

Phillip Lee, a member of Parliament for Bracknell, which is west of London, stood up and walked from the Conservative benches to the rival pro-European Liberal Democrat Party ones.

Alternatively, the Johnson government could seek to amend the Fixed Term Parliaments Act to force an election, which would only require a simple majority.

In its editorial, the Daily Mirror lays its cards on the table with "Let's sack loser Boris", while, writing in the i, Spectator magazine's deputy political editor Katy Ball writes that "Were Johnson to lose on 14 October, he would be the shortest-serving prime minister in history".

And in a scathing attack on the current state of British politics, Ms James said that neither the Conservatives nor Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party were capable of running the country.

'Boris Johnson and his government must respect the right of parliamentarians to represent the interests of their constituent, ' Scottish National Party Westminster leader Ian Blackford told the BBC, adding that he was delighted of the "very clear view" the MPs had expressed.

Johnson, who became prime minister in July, has tried to crack down on members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans, warning they would be expelled from the party if they supported parliamentary efforts to block or delay the withdrawal. "It would destroy any chance of negotiation for a new deal".

The government has effectively turned the challenge into a confidence vote by making clear that if the government were defeated, it would hold a vote on Wednesday to approve an early election, most likely to be held on October 14.

The Prime Minister made good on his threat to deselect the Conservative rebels swiftly after the vote and is trying to force a general election.

A no-deal Brexit is considered risky because it will sever decades of seamless trade with Europe's single market of 500 million people.

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