Theresa May has been dealt a humiliating blow in the Lords. A wrecking amendment to the EU withdrawal bill has been passed.
Peers have just voted 348 to 225 to back an amendment in the name of crossbencher, Lord Kerr, with cross-party support – meaning a defeat for the government.
The amendment requires the government to report to Parliament by 31 October 2018 on the steps it has taken to negotiate continued participation in a UK-EU customs union before the European Communities Act 1972 can be repealed.
Remaining in the customs union will stop us doing trade deals and wreck Brexit.
Conservative ex-chancellor Lord Lawson of Blaby said during the debate that he was chair of Vote Leave and “made it absolutely clear that leaving the EU meant leaving the customs union and single market”.
He went on to insist it’s “nonsensical to say you can’t trade without a free trade agreement”.
This is the latest attempt of the undemocratic Lords to thwart the will of the people who voted by a majority to leave the EU. This is establishment forcing through Brexit in name only.
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