Lords Lamont has issued a warning regarding the House of Lords
Liberal Democrat and Labour peers have proposed a number of amendments to the new law, which passed through the House of Commons with majorities of 384 and 372.
But former Tory Chancellor, Lord Lamont said: “The motive of some of the people coming forward with these amendments is to get embroiled in a time wasting, time delaying exercise.”
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I think they are playing with fire if they want the House of Lords to survive
“I hope the amendments will be roundly defeated in the House of Lords and I think they are playing with fire if they want the House of Lords to survive.
“I would prefer the House of Lords to remain as it is, I think it does a good job, but I think it would be untenable if it votes down or obstructs or causes great delay in a measure that has been passed by one of the biggest ever majorities in the history of Parliament.”
The areas of contention are the rights of EU nationals living in Britain after Brexit and a technical change for a Commons vote on the final Brexit bill before it is approved.
In contrast the former civil service chief Lord Kerslake said: “We have got to put some questions about this to the Commons.
Theresa May is hoping the House of Lords pass the Brexit legislation without making amendments
“The referendum gave us a clear direction on leaving the EU, but it didn't tell us what people think about things like membership of the single market.
“We should not let ourselves be influenced by the threats about our future. If we do, we might as well pack up and go home.”
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
Lord Newby thinks the House of Lords has a mandate for amendments after the Richmond by-election
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The Liberal Democrats have been using their by-election victory in Richmond, where they opposed Brexit, as proof they should try to make changes in the House of Lords.
Lord Newby, Liberal Democrat, said: “We have a job. If we have any job in the House of Lords it's to amend things if we think the Government has got it wrong and to ask the Government to think again.”
After nine separate Commons votes, the legislation was granted by a landslide. Peers will take their first look at the legislation on February 20.
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