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A Great Afternoon in the House of Lords
The Lords voted by 358 votes to 256 ( majority 102) for an amendment to safeguard the rights of EU citizens who are living in this country when Mrs May invokes Article 50 to set in motion negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union.
This is an amendment to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill and it happened on the second day of the Committee Stage of the Bill. The Bill will have its Report/Third Reading next Tuesday but this amendment cannot be changed at that stage (but other amendments will be voted on next week). Assuming the Bill is then passed by the Lords, it will go back to the House of Commons (new laws have to be agreed by both Houses in every detail).
Brexit Bill Government Defeat – What Happens Next?
The Government has to decide what to ask the Commons to do. They can accept the change, or throw it out, or replace it with with different words if they are willing to compromise. If the Commons agree with what the Government wants, the Bill will then come back to the Lords under the process known as “Parliamentary Ping-pong”. That will keep going until both Houses agree. Ping-pong is scheduled provisionally for 13th March (Commons) and 14th March (Lords).
The amendment was moved by Diane Hayter (Labour peer Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town) with the support of Crossbench peer Lord (David) Hannay of Chiswick, Conservative Lord Bowness, and Liberal Democrat Baroness (Sarah) Ludford.
It reads: “ Within three months of exercising the power under section 1(1), Ministers of the Crown must bring forward proposals to ensure that citizens of another European Union or European Economic Area country and their family members, who are legally resident in the United Kingdom on the day on which this Act is passed, continue to be treated in the same way with regards to their EU derived-rights and, in the case of residency, their potential to acquire such rights in the future.”
Who Voted to Safeguard EU Citizens living in UK?
The voting was as follows:
CONTENTS (Lords speak for in favour of the amendment)
Liberal Democrat 93
NOT CONTENTS (ie against the amendment)
Crossbenchers are Independents. “Other” are small parties (eg Green, UKIP) and non-affiliated peers.
The total turnout (614 peers) was the second highest in history (the highest was in 1999 on the reform proposals to remove most of the hereditaries). 93 was the highest ever Liberal Democrat vote in the Lords.
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