London (Agencies): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a fresh blow as he lost his working majority in the parliament.
The fresh injury comes ahead of a showdown with MPs over Brexit that could lead to an early general election.
In a heated parliamentary session, the premier condemned a plan by lawmakers to block his Brexit strategy as “surrender” and said it would undermine his intention to negotiate a new divorce deal with the EU.
Lawmakers from the opposition as well as members of his Conservative party are mulling to vote for delaying beyond October 31 if exit terms with Brussels are not agreed upon.
During the session, while Johnson was delivering his statement, Conservative MP Phillip Lee was seen crossing the floor of the Commons to join the pro-European Liberal Democrats.
Lee said in his resignation letter that the Conservative Party ‘has become infected with the twin diseases of populism and English nationalism’ as a result of Brexit.
In his resignation letter to Johnson, Lee said: Sadly, the Brexit process has helped to transform this once great Party in to something more akin to a narrow faction, where an individual’s ‘conservatism’ is measured by how recklessly one wishes to leave the European Union.