Lord Newby has suggested the Lords will try to amend the Bill, but will not delay it unnecessarily
Dick Newby, the Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Lords, said while he hopes at least two amendments will be made, there will not be attempts to delay the process and force the Prime Minister to miss her self-imposed deadline to trigger Article 50 by the end of March.
Some peers have publicly asserted their intentions to block the Bill, and Lord Newby told the Guardian there are more than 230 Labour and Lib Dem peers who will vote in favour of amendments on the rights of EU citizens and parliamentary votes on the final Brexit deal.
There will not be a stomach to keep sending it back on most things
However, Lord Newby conceded this would result in “ping-pong” as the Bill is passed between the two Houses, something he wants to avoid.
He said: “My guess is that it could be in the Commons on the 13th and back here on the 14th.
David Davis is expecting 'some passing backwards and forwards' as the Lords try to amend the Bill
“There will not be a stomach to keep sending it back on most things.
“You can often get an agreement that meets in the middle, but with EU citizens that is more difficult because either you guarantee them the rights or you don’t.”
Lord Newby warned there are “a lot of members for whom Europe is the big thing that has motivated them in politics” and believes they could push through amendments despite the elected MPs in the Commons passing the Bill without any alterations.
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Continued cooperation with the EU to tackle terrorism and international crime.
He added: “We were complacent, truth be told.
“But things have turned and people on our side feel very strongly about it.”
Theresa May is still hoping to trigger Article 50 by the end of March
Brexit Secretary David Davis has warned the Government to expect “some passing backwards and forwards” of the Article 50 Bill between the Commons and the Lords.
However, he added that Mrs May “expected that to be resolved in good time before the end of March” when she has promised to begin negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU.