Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, meaning they can bring forward a bill seeking to delay the UK’s exit date.
In response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tabled a motion for early general elections.
Sky comments on the developments and the implications on Johnson and the Tories. “Boris Johnson lost a by election faster than any prime minister in 100 years and now he’s lost a vote faster than any other too – his first.
Rebel Tory MPs had been warned they would be kicked out of the Conservative Party if they defied the government – prominent figures included Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Britain’s World War Two leader Winston Churchill, and two former finance ministers – Philip Hammond and Kenneth Clarke.
And this vote mattered so much more than those minor defeats, lost to history, of all of his predecessors.
For with this vote, the prime minister has lost one of the key weapons in the armoury of any prime minister – control of the order paper, the ability to dictate what the House of Commons does. He, the PM, who is supposed to command the Commons, is now but mere bystander, forced to watch on.”
That will give them the chance to introduce a cross-party bill which would force the prime minister to ask for Brexit to be delayed until 31 January, unless MPs approve a new deal, or vote in favour of a no-deal exit, by 19 October..