Opposition lawmakers in the UK applied for an emergency debate on Tuesday, launching a campaign to thwart a no-deal Brexit: it was granted and led to a vote that took away from prime minister Boris Johnson the power to set the agenda in parliament.

The vote was effectively seen as a vote of confidence to Johnson. During the debate, Conservative MP Philip Lee walked to the opposite side of parliament, defecting to the Liberals. By the end of the evening, Johnson lost 21 prominent Conservative MPs.

Johnson lost by 328 to 301, despite threatening each of his Conservative MPs with deselection and expulsion from the party. His government no longer commands a working majority, if it ever did. The question is now whether he can deliver Brexit by running down the clock.

 

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