Mike Hookem has savaged the 'unelected' House of Lords
Remoaning Labour and Liberal Democrat Lords have been savaged after it emerged they are hellbent on delaying the process as they plot an assault on the Prime Minister’s Brexit Bill.
It comes after a string of Remain-backing peers promised a deluge of amendments to delay legislation, which will give Mrs May the power to trigger EU divorce talks.
Ukip’s Mike Hookem MEP said the upper house was in “desperate need of reform” and even went as far as to compare them to the crumbling European Union.
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Just as in the EU political setup, here we have a group of unelected individuals serving their views over the those of the people
Ukip MEP, Mike Hookem
He told Express.co.uk: “Just as in the EU political setup, here we have a group of unelected individuals serving their views over the those of the people.
“The fact is, the upper chamber system we use in the UK is out of date and in desperate need of reform.
“In my view, it’s time for an elected upper house who represent the people, not the wants of the political establishment, free from the threat of being voted out.
“It’s just too convenient that while elected ‘remain’ MP’s are seen to be acting democratically, unelected peers, working under party banners, can do their level best to derail the declaration of Article 50.”
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Calling for change, he added: “Having political appointees sit in judgement on the laws of this land is nearly as undemocratic EU system the people of Britain have voted to leave.
“The people want change and the House of Lords would be a great place to start rebuilding our democracy in the UK.”
MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Government’s Article 50 Bill, which would hand Theresa May the power to formally notify the EU of Britain’s departure.
The legislation will now pass to the unelected House of Lords for rubber-stamping, with Brexit Secretary David Davis telling peers to do their “patriotic duty”.
A House of Lords interventioncould lead to a stand off between Lords and the Commons
However, it is feared the majority pro-Remain House’s intervention could lead to a stand-off between the Lords and the Commons which could upset her schedule of triggering the start of Brexit talks by the end of next month.
Jayne Adye, director of cross-party group Get Britain Out, urged peers not to play “Parliamentary ping-pong”.
She told Express.co.uk: “It is not for the unelected House of Lords to obstruct the decision of both the Commons and the wider British public.
“Amendments should not be used to delay or obstruct the triggering of Article 50. The Bill to be scrutinised is two sentences long and is uncontroversial. It simply enacts the referendum result. Nothing more, nothing less.
“We don’t want amendments, delays or Parliamentary ping-pong. We want Brexit.”
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