The Brexit bill is making its way through the House of Lords as peers discuss amendments this afternoon – and Wednesday – to the Government’s bill to authorise Article 50. The bill passed through the Lords for its second reading with little trouble, but peers are able to get down to the nitty gritty for its committee stage. Ministers have a lot to be worried about, as peers are considering a variety of amendments that would delay the Brexit process, including proposals to force the Government to hold to a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership before its final withdrawal. The Conservatives are not confident of getting the bill through unscathed given they do not have a majority in the upper chamber.
But several Tory peers are urging their fellow Remainers across the chamber not to frustrate the Article 50 bill’s passage. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera, has told the Telegraph’s Christopher Hope that he would not “overrule the will of the people”, despite campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union.
Lord Lloyd-Webber isn’t alone. Karren Brady will also come to the Lords to support the Article 50 bill, despite arguing against Brexit during the referendum, because she feels the Leave vote is “irreversible”. This may not be enough to stop Lord Heseltine ( who Lord Tebbit wants thrown out of the Conservative party) and his fellow Remainers in the Lords from forcing through some amendments. Even if they do, thereby sending the bill back to the Commons, they know that the parliamentary ping-pong cannot go on forever
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