Sir Nicholas Soames at England's Ascot Racecourse in July. Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Sir Nicholas Soames, grandson of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, told the BBC Tuesday he would be among 21 lawmakers expelled from the ruling Conservative Party for voting against Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit.

The big picture: The rebel Conservative lawmakers voted on Tuesday with opposition members of Parliament to take control of the legislative agenda in an effort to stop Johnson from forcing through a no-deal Brexit so Britain can leave the European Union on Oct. 31.

  • Hours later, a spokesperson for Johnson said party MPs who did not support the prime minister would be expelled, per the Financial Times. That means they will have the whip removed, being deselected as party representatives, and will not be able to stand at the next election.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.

Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

People stand in line to vote early in Fairfax, Virginia in September. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.