September 3, 2019 / 2:56 PM / 14 days ago

UK PM Johnson loses majority in parliament after lawmaker defects to Liberal Democrats

LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his working majority in parliament on Tuesday when one of his Conservative lawmakers defected to the pro-European Union Liberal Democrats.

Phillip Lee crossed the floor of the House of Commons just as Johnson began giving a statement on last month’s G7 summit.

“I have reached the conclusion that it is not possible to serve my constituents’ and country’s best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament,” he said in a statement.

“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.” (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; eiting by Stephen Addison)

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