Britain’s former top mandarin, who is a member of the Lords, said peers should not “be influenced” by those suggesting the upper chamber should be scrapped if it attempts to thwart the EU bill.
Sir Bob’s comments come after Liberal Democrat peer Lord Teverson welcomed threats to disband the Lords, tweeting “bring it on”.
Speaking on Peston on Sunday on ITV, Sir Bob argued a debate on the Bill was “right and proper” and not all aspects of the UK’s divorce with the EU were stated in the referendum on June 23, including whether there should be a second referendum.
Sir Bob Kerslake said peers should be free to debate Brexit bill how they wish
We should not let ourselves be influenced by the threats about our future
Sir Bob Kerslake
He said: “I think we’ve got to put some questions back to the Commons. I think it’s right and proper that we have a debate about these issues.
“Of course the referendum gave us a clear majority in favour of leaving the European Union but it did not tell us exactly what people think about leaving the single market or, indeed, leaving the customs union, or indeed, on the issue of whether we should have a second referendum.
Put to him by Peston whether it was right for the Lords to amend the bill, Sir Bob added it was “justified”.
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He said: “I think it’s right and proper that we have that debate and indeed, where we think it’s justified, to amend the bill.
“We should not let ourselves be influenced by the threats about our future. If we do that, we might as well pack up and go home.
“There is a debate to be had about the future of the Lords but whilst we’re here, we have a job to do.”
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Lord Teverson reacted confidently last week to threats over the upper chamber’s future.
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He posted on Twitter: “So if the Lords messes with the Article 50 bill we'll be abolished, hmmm . . . bring it on #LibDems”.
The Lib Dems saw their bid to introduce House of Lords reform as part of the coalition government blocked by Tory ministers in 2012.
Lord Teverson’s fellow Lib Dem peer Lord Strasburger told Brexit Secretary Davis on Twitter: “You tell Lords ‘do your patriotic duty’.
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“You can count on Lib Dems to do that, but you won't like it.”
Former Conservative chancellor Lord Lamont has spoken out in fear that some were tabling amendments in order to "scupper" the Government's negotiations.
He said: ”I think a lot of the amendments that are put forward are really designed to obstruct the bill and everybody knows that if the bill is delayed that will scupper the whole negotiation.
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