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Crossing the floor: As Boris Johnson speaks, former Conservative MP Philip Lee crosses the floor of the House of Commons to join the Liberal Democrats.

MP Philip Lee stood up and crossed the floor of the House of Commons to sit with the Liberal Democrats as Boris Johnson was giving a statement on the G7 summit today (September 3).

His defection means that the Conservative government can no longer command any majority in the Commons, even with the help of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

In a statement, Mr Lee said: “This Conservative government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways. It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is wantonly endangering the integrity of the United Kingdom. More widely, it is undermining our country’s economy, democracy and role in the world. It is using political manipulation, bullying and lies. And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way.

“That is why today I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats.”

Now it is impossible for Mr Johnson to – democratically – pass any legislation at all. I wonder what he will do next.

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