Speaking on Today he said he couldn’t see how the “highly charged” atmosphere in the house would calm down until Brexit was resolved.
Mr Cleverly tried to claim the prime minister had not used the language of “betrayal” before being corrected.
He also claimed language on all sides had been intemperate and violent.
Here are the latest updates from Parliament, all times in BST.
Parliament LIVE: Boris Johnson’s language in the House on was defended by Tory Party chairman
3.22pm update: Boris Johnson to hold cabinet meeting at 5pm
The Prime Minister is to hold a cabinet meeting at 5pm.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: “Political Cabinet meeting at 5pm.”
2.54pm update: The Tory conference will go ahead anyway according to senior Tory source
A senior Tory source insisted the conference would go ahead anyway, but acknowledged that it may have to be “scaled back” in places if MPs have to remain at Westminster.
With the four-day event which starts on Sunday estimated to be worth more than £30 million to Manchester, the source said that it would be local businesses which would suffer if it was curtailed.
A Number 10 source said: “If they do not allow Conservative Party conference to go ahead with a recess at the same time, it will be incredibly damaging for the economy of Manchester.”
2.46pm update: John Bercow said an election before October 31 is not possible
The House speaker John Bercow said under existing rules, a national election could not be held before the country is due to leave the European Union at the end of October.
Labour lawmaker Richard Burgon asked Bercow whether it was correct that due to rules about the amount of time needed to arrange a national election, the earliest one could now take place is Nov. 5.
Mr Bercow said: “I can confirm that my understanding of the electoral timetable under the existing statutory framework is the same as his.”
Mr Johnson has twice asked parliament to approve holding an early election but opposition parties say they do not want to agree to one until the risk of a no-deal Brexit has been removed.
2.07pm update: Lawmakers vote against adjourning parliament until Thursday oct. 3 for governing Conservative Party to hold an annual conference
MPs have rejected the Government’s request for a three-day recess during next week’s Conservative Party conference by 306 votes to 289, majority 17.
This marks the seventh consecutive vote defeat in the Commons for Mr Johnson.
Parliament LIVE: MPs have given Mr Johnson is seventh consecutive vote defeat
2pm update: Mr Johnson will not stop calling the Benn Act the “Surrender Bill”
A Downing Street insider suggested Johnson would continue to refer to the Benn Act – which seeks to prevent a no-deal Brexit – as the ‘Surrender Bill’.
“If the question is ‘is he going to stop calling it a Surrender Bill’ then the answer to that is a categoric ‘no’,” the source said.
1.50pm update: Boris Johnson refused to answer questions on whether he would apologise for his language in the Commons on Wednesday
Mr Johnson was asked whether he would apologise for his language as he left the meeting of the 1922 Committee today, but refused to answer.
However, a senior Conservative MP told PA the PM had “clarified” his words during his address to Tory MPs.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman also declined to apologise, telling a Westminster briefing: “The PM obviously made the broader point last night that he believes we need to get the issue of Brexit resolved because it was causing anxiety and ill-feeling in the country.”
Parliament Live: Boris Johnson is facing criticism for his language and ‘whipping up division’
1.34pm update: Tory MP Vicky Ford asked John Bercow to “make sure” he was “fair and balanced”
Conservative MP Vicky Ford asked Mr Bercow to “make sure” he was “fair and balanced” as “sometimes it doesn’t feel like this.”
Mr Bercow later said it was “manifestly absurd” to suggest he was unfair given his approach in almost always calling everyone to speak in statements, something which previously did not happen.
He added: “I do what I can to stand up for the rights of this House and honourable and right honourable members on both sides.
“I’ve done it for a decade, I’m doing it now and I’ll go on doing it.”
12.38pm update: Jeremy Corbyn condemned Mr Johnson’s language in the Commons
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned that the words politicians use “have real consequences” as he condemned the Prime Minister’s language in the Commons.
Mr Corbyn told MPs: “It’s extremely disappointing that the Prime Minister has not respected this House by attending here today.
“The Prime Minister’s language and demeanour yesterday was frankly nothing short of disgraceful.
“Three years ago our colleague, our member, Jo Cox, was murdered by a far-right activist shouting ‘Britain First, this is for Britain’. The language that politicians use matters and has real consequences.
“To dismiss concerns from members about the death threats they receive and to dismiss concerns that the language by the Prime Minister is being repeated in those death threats is reprehensible.
“To dismiss those concerns in an abusive way as he did is completely unacceptable.”
12.02pm update: International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has reported further breaches of export licences have been identified by the Government
Responding to an urgent question in the Commons about arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia, Ms Truss said: “As a result of the internal review so far, we have identified one further licence that has been granted in breach of the undertaking given to the Court of Appeal.
“This licence has not been used and has now been revoked.”
She continued: “My officials are also carrying out a review of the composition of the coalition. This has identified a further licence which is in breach of the parliamentary statement.
“We have reassessed the licence in light of the latest information and subsequently revoked it insofar as it applies to Jordan.”
Parliament LIVE: Mr Johnson needs to give ‘reasoned and measured leadership’
11.43am update: Tobias Ellwood said there was a need for “reasoned and measured leadership” from Mr Johnson
Conservative former minister Tobias Ellwood said there was a need for “reasoned and measured leadership” from No 10 if Boris Johnson was to stand a chance of getting a Brexit deal through Parliament.
He said the Government did not have a Commons majority and called for “more temperate” use of language to build bridges in the House.
“If we want to get a Brexit deal we need to reach across the aisle. So we need to have more temperate language which actually increases the opportunity of those saying ‘Let’s get this done’,” he told the BBC.
“We need to show some reasoned and measured leadership from No 10 to actually allow us that space for that debate to continue.
“What happened yesterday is far from that. There were heated exchanges on both sides of the House.”
11am update: Junior Brexit Minister James Duddridge said the government would find a way around the Benn Act
Junior Brexit Minister James Duddridge has said it is the government’s intention to navigate its way around the Benn Act by getting a Brexit deal.
Mr Duddridge said that was “Plan A”.
10.35am update: Negotiations with the EU are now “more difficult” following the Benn Act
The passage of the Benn Act has made negotiations with the EU “more difficult” and has made a no-deal Brexit “more likely”, MPs have been told.
Tory MP Greg Hands asked how the passage of the Benn Act “has made the negotiations and discussions in Brussels more difficult”.
Responding, Brexit minister James Duddridge replied: “There was a big shift in the negotiations when the Prime Minister met with Macron and Merkel, and that has really opened the dialogue, with the Prime Minister’s sherpa travelling twice a week and then three times a week, meetings at the UN assembly and a number of other forums.
“That activity has slowed, potentially, as a result of the House of Commons position and what the House of Commons has done is making a deal more difficult and making no-deal – which is not what we want – more likely.”
10.22am update: SNP’s Europe spokesman Peter Grant said his party would support a general election if there is an extension which stops a no deal Brexit
Mr Grant said: “If he wants a general election I’ll make this offer to him from the SNP – bring back an extension that takes no-deal off the table and he can have his general election.
“I heard yesterday a question which to me and a lot of people seemed to say to the prime minister in a specific set of circumstances where the law specifically requires you to take a very precise action, will you do what the law requires?
“I heard the Prime Minister say no. That is an extraordinary state of affairs. We have not yet had a satisfactory answer as to how the Prime Minister thought that single one word answer ‘no’ was not an assurance that he would defy the law.
“Will the minister confirm that the Prime Minister will obey the law of the land?”
Mr Duddridge replied: “I can guarantee that there will be no shilly shallying, the law will be obeyed.”
Parliament Live: Mr Bercow urged MPs to stop treating each other as enemies
10.08am update: Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “whipping up division”
Sir Keir, on why provisions were in the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 outlining the terms of a Brexit extension letter and the duty to accept an extension offered by the EU, told MPs: “Those were not in the previous version of this Act which was passed in April because there was a consensus the then prime minister (Theresa May) would comply with the law, understood the rule of law and could be trusted, and therefore it wasn’t necessary to put them in.
“They are in the Act now because, I’m afraid to say, this is a low point in our history, across this House those assumptions no longer hold.
“And the answers given last night by the Prime Minister and his behaviour make it less likely.
“If the Prime Minister genuinely wants to get a deal through this House, he wouldn’t have divided this House in the way that he did yesterday.”
Sir Keir said the Prime Minister’s behaviour was not that of someone “trying to unite the House” around a deal nor unite the country, adding: “This Prime Minister is whipping up division and I’ve not seen that from a prime minister in my lifetime.”
Labour MP Paula Sheriff added to this, claiming Mr Johnson was “inciting hatred towards MPs”.
She told the BBC that “without any shadow of a doubt” that the Prime Minister’s behaviour was making MPs less safe.
“I can stand here today … and tell you that I believe the Prime Minister is inciting hatred towards MPs,” she said.
10am update: Mr Bercow suggested there could be a wider inquiry into the UK’s political culture.
House Speaker John Bercow suggested there could be a wider inquiry into the UK’s political culture.
He said: “I have, overnight, received an approach from two very senior members on either side of the House pressing the case for a formal consideration of our political culture going forward.”
9.52am update: John Bercow opens the day’s session, asking lawmakers to stop treating each other as enemies
Making a statement at the start of business, Mr Bercow said: “I think there’s a widespread sense across the House and beyond that yesterday the House did itself no credit.
“There was an atmosphere in the chamber worse than any I’ve known in my 22 years in the House. On both sides passions were inflamed, angry words uttered, the culture was toxic.
“This country faces the most challenging political issue that we have grappled with in decades. There are genuine, heartfelt, sincerely-subscribed-to differences of opinion about that matter.
“Members must be free to express themselves about it and to display, as they unfailingly do, the courage of their convictions.
“It ought, however, to be possible to disagree agreeably.”
Parliament LIVE: Tensions grew in the Commons on Wednesday
9.00am update: Today’s schedule in the House of Commons
- 9.30am – An urgent question on complying with the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act
- 10.15am – An urgent question on Hong Kong
- 11am – An urgent question on illegal arms sale to Saudi Arabia
- 11.45am – An urgent question on the language and role of the Prime Minister in creating a safe environment in the country and Parliament
- 12.45pm – A statement on the international climate action summit
- 1.30pm – Business statement
- 2pm – Conference recess motion
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