Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Brexit: Lower net migration may not be the outcome

Brexit: Lower net migration may not be the outcome

Parliament will pass all the legislation, from the Great Repeal Bill to consequential primary and secondary legislation, that will determine the nature of our legal and constitutional position on exit and, as the Prime Minister has also made clear, there will be a vote of both Houses on the final agreement.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has accused peers of trying to "frustrate" Britain's exit from the European Union after they voted to change laws triggering the start of the divorce talks.

Tuesday's vote will also demand that both houses of parliament be asked to approve any decision to leave the bloc without a deal if talks fail.

However, members of the House of Commons, where the government enjoys a relatively loyal majority, will be able to override the Lords amendments when the bill returns to the lower house.

The government, which had attempted to persuade the Lords to follow the Commons" decision not to amend the Bill, said it was "disappointed' with the result.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for another blow to her Brexit timetable Tuesday, as parliament's upper house may make further changes to the legislation required to launch European Union departure negotiations.

The defeat comes after peers defied the prime minister for a first time on March 1, to include in the bill guarantees for more than three million European citizens living in Britain after Brexit.

The Lords vote was "disappointing" he said. What is clear is that these relationships will need to change in the coming years, but what the full outcome of Brexit will actually mean both for Europe and the United Kingdom remains to be seen.

However, the scale of the Lords rebellion, and attacks on her strategy by Conservative figures such as Lord Heseltine, is a significant dent to her authority.

"The Lords have rightly stood up for parliamentary sovereignty and refused to write the government a blank check for hard Brexit".

Ministers should only be allowed to make changes to existing legislation without the full scrutiny process, when making minor adaptations to European Union law so that it would fit in the UK's framework and to allow for a swift response to Brexit negotiations.

However, peers are expected to vote on a cross-party basis for parliament to have the power to reject May's deal and send her back to the negotiating table if it does not like what she has achieved.

The committee's chairman, Lord Lang, said it was important to get the safeguards right, particularly given the Brexit campaign promise to "take back control".

Peter Hain, the Labour peer and former cabinet minister, argued a second referendum would be about ensuring a fair process, "not disputing the outcome of 23 June".

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