Goed nieuws: Boris Johnson is de meerderheid in het Britse Lagerhuis kwijt. Zojuist kondigde Tory MP Philip Lee aan over te zullen stappen naar de Lib Dems. Dat betekent dat het VK voor het eerst sinds 1996 een minderheidskabinet heeft.
As Johnson talked Tory MP Philip Lee stood up and walked across the floor of the Commons and sat down with the Lib Dems (top right). pic.twitter.com/cRLh6FRejT
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) September 3, 2019
Hieronder de volledige verklaring van Lee:
Over 27 years ago I joined the Conservative & Unionist party led by Sir John Major. Since 2010 I have had the privilege of representing the Bracknell Constituency. The party I joined in 1992 is not the party I am leaving today.
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. I believe the Liberal Democrats are best placed to build the unifying and inspiring political force needed to heal our divisions, unleash our talents, equip us to take the opportunities and overcome the challenges that we face as a society – and leave our country and our world in a better place for the next generations.