BREAKING: MPs vote to scrap ALL House of Lords amendments to Article 50 Bill…(Go Brexit!!)
MPs tonight voted to scrap both House of Lords’ amendments to the Article 50 Bill – leaving unelected peers with the fate of the Brexit-triggering legislation in their hands once more.
By GREG HEFFER, POLITICAL REPORTER
Mon, Mar 13, 2017
Peers had demanded the Government publish proposals for guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens already living in the UK after Brexit, as well as calling for a ‘meaningful’ vote on the final Brexit deal.
The House of Lords had attached the two conditions to the short 137-word Article 50 Bill, which is designed to hand the Prime Minister the legal power to trigger EU divorce talks.
But the House of Commons overturned both amendments tonight in two separate votes.
Handing the Government a majority of 45, 331 MPs backed ministers’ call to scrap the ‘meaningful vote’ demand against 286 voting to keep the amendment.
There were no Tory rebels.
Critics had branded the ‘meaningful vote’ amendment an attempt to hand Parliament an effective veto over Brexit at the end of the two-year Article 50 timetable.