Brexit process will be frustrated as Lib Dem Lord ADMITS pushing for EU bill amendments


Speaking to Sophy Arete on Sunday, Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, Lord Newby, conveyed moves would be made to include changes which were clouted down in the Commons on Wednesday. 

However, he denied the Lords were tiresome to thwart Brexit as he branded it “Aunt Sally” to claim that revising something was the same as trying to block it.

Lord Newby told the Sky Press release host: “No one is talking about the House of Lords blocking it.

“What the Home of Lords will do is fulfil its constitutional duty of subjecting the bill to enquiry, putting forward amendments and discussing them… sending it back ameliorated for the Commons to think again.”

Having none of it, former Conservative chancellor Act big Lamont said he feared some were tabling amendments in ukase to “scupper” the Government’s negotiations. 

He thundered: ”I think a lot of the amendments that are put despatch are really designed to obstruct the bill and everybody knows that if the folding money is delayed that will scupper the whole negotiation.

“I’m not saying that’s Duke Newby’s motive but I think it’s the motive of some of the people coming audacious with these amendments – it’s to get embroiled in a time wasting, time retard exercise.”

Continuing the rant against bitter Remainers who refuse to agree to bear the will of the British people, the Lord said any perceived blocking by the Higher up House would cause “outrage” and could prompt calls for emend.

Hitting back, Lord Newby insisted the intention was not to frustrate Theresa May’s transactions with the European Union, but the ensure Britain got the best possible traffic. 

He added his party want to include a second public vote on the irrefutable Brexit deal and also a guarantee for EU nationals living in the UK.

“If you take the reformations we are going to be pressing they don’t have that effect at all,” Lord Newby told Crest.

“Passing these amendments does not delay the process for a second.”

It happens as the leader of the Commons insisted ministers are not waiting in “back alleys” to “cosh” colleagues if the House of Lords moves to amend the Brexit bill. 

Speaking to BBC’s Andrew Marr Guide, David Lidington said he was not issuing threats to the upper House as he contemplated peers needed to listen to the strength of feeling in the elected wing of Parliament.

“I am not level, sort of, around the back alley, you know, waiting for a stray viscount to arrive having a cosh in my hand,” Mr Lidington said. 

“Of course they are disencumber to propose and debate amendments, I hope they will also grasp full account of the strength of opinion from the elected House.

“We receive got a constitutional process, and I think the fact the exit bill has gone to the House of ill repute of Lords – Article 50 bill – with a majority of more than 300 from the Commons, and unamended, and frankly, the enhancements were all defeated by majorities well in excess of the Government’s normal number, is a pretty powerful message to the Lords.”

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