Boris Johnson’s wafer-thin majority now on a sticky wicket

pro-European Union Liberal Democrats have won a parliamentary seat from Brecon and Radnoshire.

On Friday, In a development that marks the first blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after taking office, Britain’s pro-European Union Liberal Democrats won the parliamentary seat of Brecon and Radnorshire from the governing Conservatives.

The development is significant since it reduces Johnson’s working majority in parliament to just one. This is likely to add to headwinds facing Johnson in the autumn over his plan to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without an agreement.

Johnson’s government relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party for its wafer-thin majority.

“Boris Johnson’s shrinking majority makes it clear that he has no mandate to crash us out of the EU,” said Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, whose party now have 13 seats in parliament. “I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit and offer an alternative, positive vision … We now have one more MP (Member of Parliament) who will vote against Brexit in parliament.”

Incidentally, the Brecon vote was triggered when Conservative lawmaker Chris Davies was ousted by a petition of constituents after being convicted of falsifying expenses. Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds won by a margin of 13,826 votes. Davies who stood with the Conservative party came second with 12,401 votes. The Brexit Party came third with 3,331 votes, while the main opposition Labour Party was fourth on 1,680 votes.



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