BREAKING: Lords Back Customs Union By Over 100 Votes
The government, which was bracing for a series of defeats this week, as the Brexit Bill passes through the House Of Lords, has suffered it’s first defeat tonight with the unelected peers in the House Of Lords backing an amendment which would commit to continued membership of the Customs Union.
A majority of over 100 peers voted for the amendment. The motion was passed by 348 to 225 votes.
Shadow Lords leader Baroness Smith of Basildon warned:
As we begin the Report stage, Theresa May and her ministers still have an opportunity to bring forward sensible changes in response to concerns raised previously in the Lords. ‘A failure to do so, however, will amount to kicking the can down what could be a very rocky road. And our peers won’t be shy about sending amendments to the Commons, giving MPs a further chance to scrutinise the detail of the Bill.
Peers are also expected to pass amendments limiting the governments so-called Henry VIII powers which restrict Parliament powers to scrutinise future legislative changes required as a result of leaving the EU. Ultimately, the House Of Lords can only delay implementation of legislation but a series of defeats would certainly embarrass the government and add to pressure on it to grant further concessions.