UK House of Lords inflict huge defeats on government in votes on internal market bill

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Following the defeat of key parts of proposed Brexit legislation in the Lords, a government spokesperson said:

We are disappointed that the House of Lords has voted to remove clauses from the UK internal market bill, which was backed in the House of Commons by 340 votes to 256 and delivers on a clear Conservative manifesto commitment.

We will retable these clauses when the bill returns to the Commons.

We’ve been consistently clear that the clauses represent a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK’s internal market and the huge gains of the peace process.

We expect the House of Lords to recognise that we have an obligation to the people of Northern Ireland to make sure they continue to have unfettered access to the UK under all circumstances.

The comments come after the government suffered a major defeat on controversial Brexit legislation as peers rejected a bid to give ministers power to break international law.

Full list of events at The Guardian


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