After the government lost its majority in Parliament earlier in the day, Boris Johnson was defeated 328-301 in a vote that grants a cross-party alliance control of the legislative agenda.
Lawmakers will now move to effectively rule out a no-deal Brexit.
MPs will debate the bill, which would prevent Johnson from taking the country out of the EU without a deal, on Wednesday and, in keeping with his threat, Boris will seek a general election.
Read more: Boris Johnson All Set To Force Snap Election As Brexit Train Careens Further Off The Rails
21 Conservative rebels will now be expelled from the party if Johnson makes good on his promise to boot anyone who supported today's bid to seize control of the agenda. As Bloomberg notes, he "started today with 311 MPs, and a majority of one [and] he's finishing it with 289 MPs, very much the leader of a minority government".
Here's the moment when the vote tally was read:
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"Not a good start, Boris!", someone shouted.
Sadiq Khan was happy. "Parliament has today taken the first step towards stopping Boris Johnson’s catastrophic no-deal Brexit but we must keep t
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