Boris loses control and ejects 21 Tory MPs
Last night in the House of Commons, Prime minister Boris Johnson lost his first test in parliament.
Labour MP, Hilary Benn set down a motion to prevent the government from exiting the EU without a deal and it was voted through by 328 to 321, a majority of 27.
Whatsmore, during the course of Johnson’s speech to the House, Conservative MP Phillip Lee walked from the Conservative to the Liberal benches, diminishing the Tory majority of one to absolute zero.
The Westminster drama was played out with high emotion from all sides, although it was Jacob Rees Mogg’s apparent contempt for the arguments which saw him lying across the front benches, that riled and incensed many parliamentarians.
In effect, in the first test of his premiership, Johnson lost control and in a fit of pique he ejected 21 members of his own party for having voted against him.
Tory MPs had been warned, 24 hours before that they would lose the party whip if they did not support the PM, but given the number of times Boris himself had scuppered Theresa May’s chances of getting the Withdrawal Agreement through, it was shocking when he followed through after the vote yesterday.
Among those who were expelled, were Conservative grandee and Father of the House, Kenneth Clarke and even Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames.
Ex Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, who was at the heart of government just a matter of weeks ago, was summarily despatched and has made it clear that he is even prepared to take Boris to court over his actions.
The Tory Party is clearly in disarray, but the PMs next strategy was to declare his desire to call a general election.
Of course the Opposition has been clamouring for this for months, but without a law on the statute book to prevent a no deal Brexit, Labour simply can not chance Boris winning an election and pushing the same policy through with no time to challenge him.
Tonight the bill will be voted on once again to change it into law and it is suggested that Johnson will lose again. If this is the case, it will then go to the House of Lords to be ratified before parliament is prorogued.
Media coverage resounds with hyperbole about the extraordinary times the UK is enduring politically, while most agree that the Tory Party has now been shifted demonstrably to the right to counteract the success of the Brexit Party, however it has abandoned many of its senior figures in the process.
Johnson’s move to a general election may be a strategic one to stop the no deal Brexit legislation, but it seems for the next 24 hours party politics are for once going to take second place to the percieved national interest.
Once the no deal Brexit stands in the statute books, the gloves will come off and a general election is almost inevitable.
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