The Liberal Democrat leader, who is calling for a second referendum on Theresa May’s final European divorce deal, claimed he was happy to use the Upper Chamber if it meant he could “win” a second Brexit vote.
Last week, after a turbulent debate, peers voted in favour of an amendment demanding protection for EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit – the Prime Minister’s first defeat as she attempts to meet her end-of-March Article 50 target.
Lords are confident they will be able to add a second amendment to the Government’s Article 50 Bill, ensuring “Parliamentary approval for the outcome of negotiations with the European Union”, as they start the third phase of debates.
Discussing the Lords debate, Mr Farron told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is going to be a deal at the end of all this, irrespective of what was on the ballot paper last June.
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“A deal will be decided for our new relationship with Europe going forward for the next 50 years.
“It will be either signed off by the politicians or the people, that’s a simple fact. What started with democracy, last June, must not end with a stitch-up – the Liberal Democrats think the people should have the final say.”
Having failed to secure amendments during the House of Commons debate on the Bill, he added the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for the voters to have a say on their “future”.
BBC host Mishal Husain proceeded to criticise the Lib Dem leader for his “undemocratic” move to continue challenging Brexit through the House of Lords.
“You didn’t get anywhere with that in the House of Commons, so now you are using the unelected chamber to try and get your way,” she blasted.
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“What’s democratic about that? In fact, it’s anti-democratic.”
Mr Farron replied: “There’s a great irony about the party, that has most championed and continues to champion democracy for the Upper Chamber and replacing the House of Lords with a democratic chamber, using that chamber.
“But, there it is, we have an electorate system and a political system in this country which is not of my choosing. But you use the system in front of you and given we were the only party…”
Husain interjected: “You were prepared to use that system against the elected chamber when it suits you?”
Mr Farron continued: “We use the system in front of us and if as a consequence that the Government finally decides to reform House of Lords, we’ll take that as a win!”
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The Conservative peer told Sky News: “I think the Prime Minister is quite right, if the House of Lords voted so that Parliament could reject a deal that is not sufficient for Britain’s purposes – Britain would be left in a very weak position.
“Having to go back to Europe saying the deal you have given us isn’t good enough, please give us a better one – we would be in a ridiculous position.
“Also, what some people in the House of Lords seem to want is Parliament to vote against whatever is negotiated and say we want to remain in the EU – that would be to deny the result of the referendum.”
Lord Lamont added: “I do believe, and I don’t want to appear threatening, the House of Lords would be calling itself into question by doing this.
“We have had a referendum, the result was clear, the question simple – it ought to be accepted and these tactics of trying to slow things down and make it awkward – they’re not consistent with the result of the referendum.”