After Labour’s Shami Chakrabarti described the upper chamber as “differently composed to the House of Commons”, one audience member could be heard shouting “unelected”.
Mark Littlewood, head of the Institute of Economic Affairs, jumped in to add the House of Lords is “undemocratic”, to which Baroness Chakrabarti and a big proportion of the Glasgow audience agreed.
Mark Littlewood condemnation of the 'undemocratic' nature of the Lords was met with applause
Despite agreeing about the undemocratic nature of the Lords, Chakrabarti continued: “This debate was supposed to be about parliamentary sovereignty, and there is an opportunity in the Lords to ensure that the Government is held to account during these negotiations.”
After the Article 50 Bill passed through the Commons unamended it will now be sent to the House of Lords to be debated, although there are already concerns the unelected peers could frustrate Theresa May’s plan to begin Brexit negotiations by the end of March.
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On Wednesday, Ukip deputy leader Peter Whittle warned peers about voting against the will of the people.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, he said: “Frankly though the Lords should be very careful really before they appear to be somehow disdaining the popular vote.
“Their general reputation stock is at a very low ebb anyway in the Lords at the moment.”
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Littlewood appeared on Question Time in Glasgow with Baroness Chakrabarti & the SNP's John Swinney
Some Lords have already publicly admitted plans to attempt to thwart the Bill when it reaches the upper chamber.
Speaking on Newsnight last week, Labour’s Lord Hain said: “When people voted, they voted to leave the European Union… but they didn’t vote explicitly to leave the single market.
David Davis has said he expects the Lords to try to amend the Bill
Asked what he plans to do if his fellow peers refuse to back his amendments, he immediately responded: “I’ll vote against.
“On principle and on conscience, I cannot support something that I think will damage the country."
Conservative MP Suella Fernandes immediately hit back, telling the peer it was “an abuse of power”, telling him his position represented “arrogant snobbery”.