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Boris Johnson loses majority as rebels get Brexit debate: Live updates

Boris Johnson is facing an uphill battle in Parliament tonight.

Conservative rebels and the opposition have indicated they believe they have enough votes to force through a vote blocking a no-deal Brexit.

If that happens, Johnson is widely expected to seek an early general election.

The key question is whether the opposition would vote in favor of one. To dissolve Parliament and call an election, Johnson would need the support of two-thirds of MPs.

And while Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, has spent months calling for an election, it is far from certain he would grant Johnson his wish.

“The priority is to prevent a no-deal Brexit with the EU,” Corbyn said Tuesday. "If this legislation goes through then there is an extension … let’s see what happens after this legislation goes through,” Corbyn said.

“If an election is called I’m ready to fight,” he added. 

Other Labour officials have said that they first want to make sure that a no-deal Brexit can be blocked -- then they want early elections.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been calling for an early election for months.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been calling for an early election for months. Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to CNN's Sebastian Shukla, Labour MP Jon Ashworth said whether or not Corbyn would agree to an election would depend on circumstances.

"It depends on [the] date of an election or whether it is just a maneuver [by Johnson] to force no-deal on the country," he said.