United Kingdom government disappointed by Lords votes on Brexit laws, vows robust action

United Kingdom government disappointed by Lords votes on Brexit laws, vows robust action

United Kingdom government disappointed by Lords votes on Brexit laws, vows robust action

Labour said the new clause to the European Union withdrawal bill would in effect prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union with no deal and would give Tory remainers the confidence to vote against a damaging deal.

At a meeting of May's top cabinet ministers, the prime minister and her Brexit secretary, David Davis, led the expressions of disappointment over the Lords' vote.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has suggested peers were using a "backdoor mechanism" to delay exit from the European Union "indefinitely".

Peers backed an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by 335 to 244, majority 91, to give Parliament a decisive say on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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The "meaningful vote" amendment passed in the Lords on Monday went further, saying that the government must take a course of action decided by the House of Commons if its exit deal is rejected.

Ministers criticised the upper house of parliament on Tuesday over its vote to hand parliament powers to block or even delay Brexit, saying the move would tie the government's hands in negotiations with the European Union.

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"Now we have the unelected house actually trying to block the democratic will of the British people", Fox told Sky News, adding: "This is a question about whether the will of the British people will be respected or not, and it must be".

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Theresa May is approaching crunch point on how Britain wants to approach customs arrangements after Brexit, with mounting pressure from Brussels and Ireland, divisions among cabinet ministers and a rebellion among Tory MPs in parliament.

"I don't think there is a customs union that could ever be acceptable", he added. If we are in a customs union of any sort we will have less ability to shape Britain's future than we have today.

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine and ex-ministers Lord Patten of Barnes and Lord Willetts were among 19 Tory rebels to support the cross-party amendment calling for Parliament to be given the decisive say on whether to accept the Brexit deal. "That is not what the public voted for". However, the likely adverse effects of such an event means that there is little appetite in the United Kingdom for a "hard Brexit".

"I would urge the Prime Minister to accept this cross-party amendment and recognise that there is no majority in Parliament or the country for a no deal Brexit", he said.

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