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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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