MPs defeat government: They’ll debate Bill to prevent “no deal” Brexit

Boris Johnson has been defeated in his first vote as prime minister.

MPs were voting on whether to debate a Bill to prevent “no deal” Brexit tomorrow (September 4).

And Tory rebels queued up to vote with Opposition MPs against Dictator Johnson – despite knowing that they will be stripped of the Conservative whip for doing so.

The result of the vote: Aye (to hold the debate on blocking “no deal”): 328 No: 301

“Not a good start, Boris!” shouted one backbencher.

Backbenchers will have control of Commons business on September 4.

It seems Mr Johnson is going to try to call a general election in response – although he’ll need the support of two-thirds of MPs to get it, according to the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, and they’re unlikely to allow it.

Apparently he’s not the first PM to lose his first vote. It seems Pitt the Younger suffered the same fate, in 1793.

But today, he seems to be stymied – and he only has himself to blame.

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6 thoughts on “MPs defeat government: They’ll debate Bill to prevent “no deal” Brexit

  1. trev

    Blimey, what a palaver. The trouble is though that the longer Brexit drags on, and on, other issues get sidelined and don’t get addressed, things like poverty and Universal Credit, foodbank reliance, homelessness, underfed kids, the housing shortage, the NHS, etc.The country is falling apart while they all argue the toss. Mind you, a no-deal Brexit would bring further suffering so we can’t win.

  2. Zippi

    Well, they did the same thing to Theresa May and that worked well, didn’t it? To be honest, a General Election is really the only way forward. Theresa May messed up, when she called an Election and lost her majority. The risk, now, is that the Referendum result be overturned, which will be devastating. According to what I heard in the debate, the Referendum was not an opinion but an instruction.
    If the Prime Minister can’t get an election, will he resign?

      1. Zippi

        Nobody challenged the speaker’s remarks but then, again, much went unchallenged, or was simply ignored. My point stands, though. If we don’t leave, the repercussions, I suspect, will be grave.

  3. Meryl

    Losers vote to hand all power to Eu to stick it to 17.4 million British voters and tell them they are pointless

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