The ex-justice minister says his decision to leave the government benches in the Commons and cross the floor to join the opposition benches with the Liberal Democrats was “not one that I arrived at overnight”. “After 27 years in the Conservative Party it’s been a very difficult decision,” the pro-EU Bracknell MP says.
- Government loses Commons majority after Conservative MP Phillip Lee defects to Liberal Democrats
- Tory rebels are to join Labour to bring forward a bill later designed to stop the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without an agreement
- If they succeed, Prime Minister Boris Johnson could call a snap general election on 14 October
- Former Chancellor Philip Hammond says he believes Tory rebels will back the bill – and vows to fight deselection
- Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is ready to go to the polls – but some in his party are suggesting otherwise
- Mr Johnson has insisted the UK must leave the EU on 31 October – with or without a deal