2019 Sep 3, 6:31pm
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They defied the government despite a pre-emptive threat that any Conservatives who did so would have the whip withdrawn -- meaning they'll effectively be kicked out of the party.The rebels included former Cabinet ministers including Philip Hammond, Rory Stewart and David Gauke — and Winston Churchill’s grandson, Nicholas Soames. Kenneth Clarke, the longest serving member of the Commons, also voted against the government.Downing Street made good on its threat shortly after the vote, according to one of the rebels."Today I voted against the government in order to a stop no deal Brexit. I along with 20 colleagues have had the Conservative Whip removed," Sam Gyimah said on Twitter.A Downing Street spokesperson declined to comment.Having the whip removed means the 21 Conservative MPs will no longer be able to sit with the government in the House of Commons and will be barred from standing in a future election.This also means that Johnson's working majority -- which had dropped from one to zero after an MP defected several hours ago -- is technically non-existent.
This also means that Johnson's working majority -- which had dropped from one to zero after an MP defected several hours ago -- is technically non-existent.