UK Lords Set To Demand Parliamentary Veto On EU Brexit Deal

The House of Lords inflicted a second defeat on the Government's Brexit Bill by demanding a "meaningful" parliamentary vote on the deal that would take the United Kingdom out of the bloc.

Peers are expected to back a demand - supported by former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine - for a vote in both Houses of Parliament on the terms of the deal for the United Kingdom leaving the EU.

The amendment would not only enable Parliament to reject a "bad deal" but to "prevent Brexit altogether by refusing to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without agreement".

The Article 50 Bill will be much debated once again this week and, after many hours of lively debate in the Lords, it will then returnmo the Commons.

Brexit minister David Davis said the government would seek to overturn the changes when the bill is presented for approval to the lower chamber, where May has a slim majority.

MPs will now come under pressure to throw out the House of Lords amendment when the Article 50 Bill returns to the House of Commons next week.

The sub-committee chairman, Baroness Falkner of Margravine, said: "Even though we consider that the United Kingdom will not be legally obliged to pay into the European Union budget after Brexit, the issue will be a prominent factor in withdrawal negotiations".

But Tory former cabinet minister Lord Heseltine, a Government adviser, said the United Kingdom is facing "the most momentous peacetime decision of our time" as he backed demands for a "meaningful" vote.

May wants to trigger Brexit negotiations by the end of this month, and remains on track to do so.

MPs are likely to overturn those amendments, although some Conservative MPs remain unhappy that it is not clear whether parliament will get a vote if May ends up trying to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal having been struck.

In report stage debate on the Bill, Lord Pannick said: "The objective of this amendment is very simple".

Tuesday's vote will also demand that both houses of parliament be asked to approve any decision to leave the bloc without a deal if talks fail.

'If we are in a position where any deal negotiated by the Prime Minister could be rejected by MPs, that gives strength potentially to other parties in the negotiation'.

Also, Syed Kamall, a conservative party member at the European Parliament, said that "the results of the election may affect how that country takes a role in the (Brexit) negotiations". "What started with democracy last June must not end with a stitch-up and the Liberal Democrats think that people should have the final say", he told the BBC Today program.

  • Salvatore Jensen