Since becoming Prime Minister on July 23, Boris Johnson has suffered ten embarrassing defeats in the House of Commons, and two historic court rulings against him.
Boris Johnson has even outdone Theresa May in the frequency of parliamentary defeats, making history as he became the first Prime Minister to have lost their first six votes in just six days.
Here’s a snapshot of all defeats he has suffered since taking office.
1) September 3: Losing his first vote as Prime Minister.
DEFEATED 301-328. Facing his first vote in Parliament as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was defeated by a cross-party alliance of MPs, who secured more time in the Commons to discuss legislation designed to avoid a no-deal crash-out.
📢 @IanBlackfordMP: "While the Scottish Government is stepping up to meet the challenges facing both Scotland and the world, Westminster is quite literally shutting down."
⛔️ Tonight, SNP MPs are voting to stop Boris Johnson in his tracks. pic.twitter.com/ZuPoiJna9U
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 3, 2019
This was the first time a Prime Minister lost their first vote since 1894.
2) September 4: Losing again…
DEFEATED 300-329. Boris Johnson a vote on the second reading of the Benn Bill, co-sponsored by SNP MPs, which was designed to force him to seek an extension to the Brexit process.
3) September 4: and again…
DEFEATED 299-327. In another damaging blow to his already ailing authority, Boris Johnson lost the final vote on the Benn Bill, which ended enshrined into law a block against the Tories’ catastrophic no-deal Brexit plans.
✊ For the second night, SNP MPs have joined with other parties to vote down Boris Johnson's catastrophic no deal Brexit plan.
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 4, 2019
4) September 4: Failed to trigger an election
DEFEATED BY 136. After suffering three defeats in Parliament, Boris Johnson tried to force a no-deal Brexit through the backdoor by calling a general election. SNP MPs were not fooled and we stopped him in his tracks. There will be a general election, but not on Boris Johnson’s terms.
5) September 9: Forced to publish secret government documents
DEFEATED 302-311. After Boris Johnson revealed his disgraceful decision to shut down Parliament and subvert UK democracy, parliamentarians took action. MPs forced Boris Johnson to publish the startling Operation Yellowhammer documents – which the Tory government desperately tried to hide – revealing the impact of a no-deal Brexit.
How to sum up last few days for @BorisJohnson? 5 days in Commons + 5 major defeats – 21 Tory MPs = 0 majority + 0 election + 0 plan for Brexit + 5 weeks of Parliament suspensed
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) September 9, 2019
6) September 9: Failed to trigger an election – again
DEFEATED BY 141. Still desperate to impose a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson again tried to use dirty tricks to call a general election. We defeated him again.
After racking up his sixth defeat in Parliament, Boris Johnson, in dictator-like fashion, has shut down Parliament to escape scrutiny and avoid yet more defeats.
Breaking: Boris Johnson loses vote calling for early general election.
Parliament is now suspended for the next five weeks.
Boris Johnson's record in his first six parliamentary votes reads:
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) September 9, 2019
7) September 11: Defeated in Scotland’s highest court as the shutdown of Parliament was ruled unlawful
In a huge victory for democracy, the SNP’s Joanna Cherry QC MP lead and won the legal case against Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament. The Court of Session, Scotland’s highest court, found Boris Johnson’s actions to have been unlawful.
Reacting to the ruling, UK government sources have issued dangerous attacks on the Scottish judiciary, suggesting they are politically biased.
⚖️ Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful.
🏴 Scotland must have a choice about its future. pic.twitter.com/ztY6nXdPfi
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 11, 2019
8) September 24: UK Supreme Court unanimously rules against Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament
Following the Scottish court case and a UK government appeal, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the decision to shut down Parliament was “unlawful” and “unconstitutional”.
Instead of showing even a shred of integrity and resigning, Boris Johnson has ploughed on ahead regardless, seeking his no-deal Brexit fantasy without a mandate.
Boris Johnson must resign.
☝️ Share if you agree. pic.twitter.com/QXAsvAn9yJ
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 24, 2019
9) September 26: Failed to win parliamentary recess for the Tory conference
DEFEATED 289-306. Just days after he was forced to recall Parliament following the court defeat, Boris Johnson was defeated again and denied a conference recess by MPs.
MPs reject plan for a three-day recess at the start of next week for the Conservative party conference, defeating the government by 306 to 289
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 26, 2019
10) October 17: Another day, another Brexit defeat…
DEFEATED 275-287. In an attempt to pass Boris Johnson’s damaging Brexit deal, the UK government proposed the first Saturday sitting of Parliament since the Falklands War. Boris Johnson tried to deny MPs the opportunity to table amendments and force a vote without substantial time for scrutiny – he failed again.
🙅♂️ Scotland's wishes and interests ignored by Westminster – again.
🇪🇺 NI gets a special EU deal, England and Wales get Brexit, whilst Scotland gets dragged out against our will.
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 17, 2019
11) October 19: …And another one
DEFEATED 306-322. Boris Johnson returned from Brussels with a deal worse than Theresa May’s and tried to ram it through Parliament without allowing scrutiny.
SNP MPs joined forces with others to reject Boris Johnson’s absurd Brexit deal – meanwhile, the 13 Scottish Tory MPs sold out Scotland’s interests by backing Boris Johnson
❗️ SNP MPs have joined with opposition parties to defeat Boris Johnson's #BrexitDeal.
Boris Johnson now needs to listen to parliament, obey the law and seek an extension from the European Union. pic.twitter.com/zj8kIU0QWP
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 19, 2019
12) October 22: …And another one again
DEFEATED 308-322. SNP MPs and others voted to reject Boris Johnson’s reckless attempt to evade proper scrutiny and railroad ahead with his Brexit deal.
And yet again – all Scottish Tory MPs voted in favour of allowing Boris Johnson to move ahead with Brexit with no scrutiny and no consent of the Scottish Parliament.
🤦♂️ Boris Johnson tried to ram his #BrexitDeal through Parliament.
🛑 We defeated him. Again!
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 22, 2019
13) October 28: …And again.
DEFEATED BY 229. This was Boris Johnson’s 11th defeat in Parliament since he became Prime Minister. SNP MPs, along with the opposition, were not bullied by Boris Johnson’s dirty tricks and voted against a general election which was conditional on re-introducing the disastrous Brexit bill.
This would mean Scotland being potentially taken out of the EU against out will, and the SNP cannot accept that.
📢 @IanBlackfordMP: "We can't allow this Prime Minister to railroad through his disastrous Brexit deal.
We will not be bullied by this Prime Minister, we will not play his games." pic.twitter.com/bwBJfYI9aO
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 28, 2019
A general election, which is inevitably coming soon, is our ultimate chance to inflict the biggest defeat Boris Johnson has yet faced. It’s time to stop Brexit, take Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands, and finally get rid of this extreme right-wing Tory government. Join us and let’s make it happen together.