Editor's note

Boris Johnson lost a vote to call an early election in parliament last night – the culmination of a tumultuous day in the chamber that saw a significant win for opposition and rebel MPs seeking to extend the Brexit deadline. Again, Britain appears to be stuck.

Hanging over the proceedings was shock at Johnson’s move to sack 21 of his own MPs for rebelling against the government in Tuesday’s Brexit vote. Ben Williams warns that Johnson is meddling with his party’s heritage by purging “One Nation” Tories, including Conservative grandees such as Ken Clarke and Nicholas Soames, from his benches.

Chris Hanretty, meanwhile, has been thinking about the immediate electoral implications, as despite last night’s vote, an election still seems inevitable.

Laura Hood

Politics Editor, Assistant Editor

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Some of the rebels gather in parliament before the vote. PA

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