Minister’s ‘relief’ as EU bill leaves Lords


The sway’s flagship Brexit bill is to return to the House of Commons having suffered a utter of 15 defeats in the Lords.

Brexit Minister Lord Callanan swayed he had “a tremendous sigh of relief” as he wound up proceedings.

Labour urged Theresa May to gate a “pragmatic view” of all the changes proposed by peers.

The 15th defeat came on the question major of environmental protection standards after Brexit.

Peers voted by a the better of 50 to say the government should set up a body to maintain EU standards.

Other set-backs inflicted in the House of Lords – where the government does not have a preponderance – came on the customs union, the Irish border and removing the precise year of Brexit – 29 March 2019 – from the legislation.

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MPs will now debate the amendments when the bill returns to the Commons, with no boy officially set so far.

“No one can be in any doubt that we have listened,” Lord Callanan imparted peers.

“The government has suffered defeats on 15 issues.

“Although I turn-down the number of defeats I am grateful to those many Lords who I think make worked constructively to improve the bill.

“This House has done its bit as a revising chamber. The bill has been scrutinised.”

Labour’s Lords Commander Baroness Smith said the bill was now “in better shape”.

“I hope Mrs May wishes take a pragmatic view of how best to proceed rather than conform to a purely ideological route that rejects sensible amendments,” she supplemented.

Earlier, peers backed a cross-party amendment designed to ensure EU environmental model philosophies continue to have a basis in domestic law at the end of the post-Brexit transition period in December 2020.

It be lacks the environment secretary to bring forward proposals for primary legislation to engender a duty on public authorities to apply these principles, and to establish an maverick public body to ensure compliance.

Lord Krebs, who instigated the remove, argued that while EU rules would be carried over into UK law, environmental maxims underpinning them would not.

Ministers had promised a consultation on the issue but vanished by 294 to 244.

Lord Krebs, the former chair of the Food Standards Power, said he was “not satisfied” with the idea of a consultation and wanted guarantees that eke out a living principles will continue to apply and be enforced.

“We have heard sundry times that the purpose of the Bill is to ensure that everything is the identical the day after Brexit as it was the day before,” he said.

“Yet for environmental protection things purpose not be the same. We’re talking about the protection of our air quality, our water quality, rivers, the drink floods, habitats and biodiversity.”

Lord Callanan argued the proposed change was “hasty” in that it prejudged a period of consultation and would “ultimately be detrimental to the to be to come protection of environmental law”.

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