First Government Defeat Over Brexit

Government face first defeat on Brexit Bill

Peers are lining up to defeat the Government tomorrow on an amendment over the rights of EU nationals. A vote is expected as the Bill ends its Committee Stage in the Lords.

The anticipated vote in favour of the amendment will be the first time the Government have been defeated on the Brexit Bill.

The amendment (9B), signed by Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat Lords Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union, along with Conservative, Labour and Crossbench peers, ensures that citizens of another EU or EEA country and their family members will have their rights upheld.

Ahead of the vote Dick Newby, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords, said:

“It is disgraceful that the Commons has so far allowed the Government to get away with their plan to unfairly use EU nationals as bargaining chips in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

“This is a vital amendment that will put pressure on MPs to see sense and give reassurances to the millions of EU nationals living in the UK.

“Passing the amendment will require the Commons to think again. This is the role of the Lords and empty threats will not stop us voting to improve and rectify injustices in the Government’s drive towards a hard Brexit.

“The Liberal Democrats will keep fighting for the rights of those left behind by Brexit. We will fight for an open, tolerant and united UK.”

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