Published: Wed, May 09, 2018

Peers back European Union market as rebellion splits Labour

Peers back European Union market as rebellion splits Labour

Earlier, peers voted against the government on an amendment that would allow Britain to participate in European Union agencies after leaving the bloc.

Labour peers have been instructed not to back the cross-party amendment to keep Britain inside the single market, but dozens could defy the party leadership. Conservative peer Charles Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, told lawmakers on Tuesday.

"But this date should not be defined and specified in case it becomes necessary and in the national interest to agree an extension as provided in Article 50".

The defeats are another Brexit setback for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has suffered a string of losses at the hands of the unelected chamber.

She said: "On our future working relations with European Union agencies, many people, including within government, are only now becoming aware of the massive issues raised by our departure that ministers need to get right".

The blast got here forward of crunch votes within the Lords on two extra amendments to the EU Withdrawal Invoice, the place the PM is once more anticipated to be defeated.

There are now 13 key issues the Commons will have to decide whether to reverse thanks to the House of Lords.


As before, the amendments are co-sponsored by peers across the political spectrum.

'We know the damage leaving the single market will do to our economy, to public services and to our NHS, so it would go against Labour's progressive values for the party not to vote in favour of these amendments tabled by Lord Alli, a leading equalities campaigner, in the Lords'.

And the opposite would kill off the federal government plan to write down the precise time and date of Brexit into regulation, which Mrs Could pledged final yr to stop insurgent MPs from derailing our exit.

After Tuesday's sixth and final debate at the "report stage" of the bill in the Lords, it will have a so-called third reading on May 16. The legislation as now worded didn't prevent any future government or parliament from mirroring European Union law, or choosing to participate in European Union agencies, he said.

Anti-Brexit Labour MP Chuka Umunna, also a leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said: "This is a stunning victory for those who want to protect jobs and trade and keep our businesses linked to our biggest market".

May's slim majority in the House of Commons is likely to be severely tested in the next few weeks when she is expected to urge her divided party to reject the proposed changes.

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