The UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has suffered two major setbacks to his Brexit strategy. Members of parliament (MPs) backed a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit, triggering his call for an early general election on October 15th. However, he suffered another big loss as the House of Commons rejected it.
The bill to block a no-deal Brexit passed all its stages in the Commons, with the support of most of the opposition parties as well as some Conservative rebels, as they tried to push it through ahead of parliament being suspended next week. It is now being debated in the House of Lords.
The latest stage in the Brexit battle has exposed deep divisions within the Conservative Party. Last night 21 members of parliament were suspended from the party, including former Chancellor Philip Hammond and party grandees such as Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, and the longest serving MP -- former Chancellor Ken Clarke.
The BBC’s Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar looks at what might happen next - as the cross-party alliance of MPs try to block a no-deal Brexit and force another delay unless a deal is agreed.
Part of the BBC News at Ten’s Brexit coverage.