David Blunkett urged politicians to carry out Brexit
The former Labour figurehead said MPs and peers face a “delicate” situation but added it would be "foolish" for politicians not to follow with June 23 vote.
During a House of Lords speech, the Labour peer claimed he championed representative democracy and urged politicians to use their own judgement when voting on Brexit.
Remainer David Blunkett said Brexit must go ahead
Lord Blanket said: “My political head tells me that we are in 2017 in an extremely delicate situation with the way the British people see politicians of all ilks and in terms of the establishment.
“It may be foolish in the extreme if this House placed itself as an unelected body in confrontation with the bulk of the British people, many of whom will have voted to stay in the EU but would find it unacceptable if this has blocked in any way the forthcoming single clause bill.
“It would be unthinkable to do so. I appeal to your lordships' House not to place itself in confrontation with the British people.”
The House of Lords will receive the Brexit bill after it has been passed through the Commons.
Peers will be able to view the Bill – but rebel peers could delay and frustrate the process by making amendments to the proposed legislation.
Former Labour leader Lord Kinnock blasted Theresa May’s plans to withdraw Britain from the EU.
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Lord Kinnock slammed Theresa May's Brexit plans in the Lords
According to the Daily Mail, the failed Prime Ministerial hopeful said the former Home Secretary’s “aims and intention [do not] constitute a coherent Brexit plan”.
He added: “Neither does it safeguard national well-being, nor begin to satisfy the requirements of parliamentary scrutiny.”
The debate came on the same day that the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament, not Government, has the right to trigger Article 50.