May 24, 2018

United Kingdom government disappointed by Lords votes on Brexit laws, vows robust action

04 May 2018, 10:46 | Camille Rivera

GETTYKeir Starmer welcomed the amendments calling them the'most important of the entire Brexit process

Keir Starmer

His amendment was passed by a majority of 91 on Monday, and follows a House of Lords vote to keep the United Kingdom in the Customs Union, and represents the seventh Brexit defeat for the government.

Mr Davis said his officials are still working on a United Kingdom version of the backstop.

The amendment, which was supported by 19 Tory rebels, means parliament could now force negotiators back to Brussels if they do not approve the terms put to them in October.

Meanwhile, there is mounting pressure on the United Kingdom from another quarter as the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said that Britain and the European Union must reach an agreement on the key points of the Northern Ireland border issue by June.

Both sides hope to negotiate the UK's withdrawal agreement by this October in order to give the United Kingdom and European Parliaments enough time to debate and vote on it before the moment of departure.

The government on Monday night suffered yet another defeat in the House of Lords, as peers voted against the EU Withdrawal Bill for the seventh time.

The amendment, known as Clause 49, proposes that Parliament can determine the Government's course of action if the Commons rejects.

Asked what the alternative to a second referendum would be if Parliament voted against the deal reached with Brussels at the end of the negotiations, he replied: "If in the end we have an agreement that the Government wants but Parliament won't agree to, we have the possibility of leaving the European Union without an agreement".

Brexit Secretary David Davis last week admitted that the government would have the option of asking for an extension to Article 50 negotiations, should Parliament request it.

But the Lords heavily voted for Parliament to be given a more decisive say on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

"We will now consider the implications of the House of Lords' decision".

"That Enabling Bill transferred the democratic right from the parliament into the hands of one man, the chancellor", he said.

The Lib Dems are pushing for an amendment which would make the PM hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

Theresa May is set for a clash with backbench Brexiteers over plans to water down post-Brexit immigration controls.

"This amendment would weaken the UK's hand by giving Parliament powers to instruct the government to do anything as we seek a deal".

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