House of Lords vote means Brexit is going to be all over the news again
The House of Lords has created a further headache for the government after voting down two key pieces of Brexit legislation.
Peers backed an amendment to the EU withdrawal bill that would force the government to explain what it has done to pursue remaining in a customs union, by 348 votes to 225 – a convincing majority of 123.
Last night’s shameful vote by the undemocratic Lords was the 6th highest turnout on record. Most of the time, many peers do not bother to turn up and vote. But when it comes to defying the will of the people, there’s a full house! Time to abolish.
— Steven Woolfe MEP (@Steven_Woolfe) 19 April 2018
The government suffered a significant rebellion on the amendment tabled by crossbench peer Lord Kerr, which received the backing of 24 Conservatives, including former ministers Lord Patten, Lord Heseltine and Lord Willetts. A separate amendment that would limit the power of ministers to slash red tape without the approval of parliament was also passed, by 314 votes to 217.
As threatened, the House of Lords has voted against the brexit bill. No way are these globalists giving you your freedom when its going to cost them money. This is not what democracy is all about. It’s time for the House of old Farts to close. They do not represent the people.
— John DeVries (@Jonteinspain) 19 April 2018
The debate on the government’s key piece of Brexit legislation, in a packed chamber, was watched by the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer. After the customs union vote, he said: “The passing of this cross-party amendment is an important step forward. Theresa May must now listen to the growing chorus of voices who are urging her to drop her red line on a customs union and rethink her approach.”
This evening 348 unelected Peers have voted to support unelected EU bureaucrats, defying the democratic wishes of 17.4 million people. The House of Lords has become an uneven monolith deciding the future of Brexit. Time to abolish.
— Steven Woolfe MEP (@Steven_Woolfe) 18 April 2018
A spokesperson for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DeExEU) said: “we are disappointed that parliament has voted for this amendment. The fundamental purpose of this bill is to prepare our statute book for exit day, it is not about the terms of our exit. This amendment does not commit the UK to remaining in a customs union with the EU, it requires us to make a statement in parliament explaining the steps we’ve taken.”