The Prime Minister’s effort to muscle and cut his lawmakers out of things appears to have backfired….
The country seems to be wavering on a divorce from the European Union….
British lawmakers were preparing on Tuesday for one of the most critical showdowns of the country’s agonizing three-year Brexit battle, with Parliament expected to try to stop the government from leaving the European Union without an agreement — a maneuver that could prompt a third general election in four years.
On a day of high drama, one Conservative rebel, Phillip Lee, quit the party to join the Liberal Democrats, who have managed to stage a resurgence by positioning themselves as an unambiguously anti-Brexit party, a move that means that Prime Minister Boris Johnson no longer has a working majority in Parliament.
The practical effect of Mr. Lee’s announcement, and its effect on Mr. Johnson, was limited, however, because the government would fall only if it were defeated in a confidence motion.