United Kingdom government suffers Brexit defeat

Keir Starmer

A second defeat saw peers insist that Parliament should be given a say on the Government's mandate for trade talks with Brussels while a third was aimed at making sure refugees in Europe would continue to be allowed to join family members in the UK.

Mr Davis also suggested that by October it could be possible to get a clear sense of the sort of trade deal which the United Kingdom and European Union will do, which would make the backstop less important.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May visits the Oxley Group in Ulverston Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May and her senior ministers agreed on Tuesday they were disappointed by decisions taken in the upper house of parliament that could block or delay Brexit, May's spokesman said, adding the government will respond robustly.

The Lib Dems are pushing for an amendment which would make the PM hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

But the Lords heavily voted for Parliament to be given a more decisive say on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

It would also give Parliament control of the process if the legislation enshrining the withdrawal treaty promised by ministers was not approved by 29 March 2019.

David Davis told the Lords EU committee he was "not at all sure" there will be agreement on the "border backstop" by June.

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Writing for The Independent on Monday, peers Baroness Hayter, Lord Wallace and Lord Hannay said Parliament must be given the power to decide what happens if May's Brexit deal is rejected.

"Whatever our party affiliation, our duty as parliamentarians is to our country and our conscience", he said. There is no point speculating now on what the best course of action would be.

The Lords' amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill can be overturned in the lower house, where May has a working majority with the support of a small Northern Irish party.

Meanwhile, Remainer peers are busy trying to sabotage her plans by passing amendments to the Brexit Bill which aim to send her back to Brussels with watered-down demands.

Mr. Fox also dismissed the idea of trying to tie the United Kingdom to a customs union, and so handing the EU continued control of the UK's trade policy.

He said: "Even the House of Lords last night rejected on a vote having another referendum".

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