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House of Lords hands Theresa May another Brexit defeat as peers vote to keep EU environmental standards | Irish Times |

Theresa May has suffered her 15th defeat in the House of Lords on the EU withdrawal bill after peers voted to create a body to enforce EU environmental standards after Brexit. The defeat came hours after the prime ministers warned Conservative rebels that they risked damaging the integrity of British politics by voting against her Brexit plans.

    "What this government is doing is delivering on the vote of the British people, which was to leave the European Union, and as we do that we will ensure that we get the best Brexit deal for the United Kingdom. It is important, and I consider it to be a matter of the integrity of politicians, that having given the choice to the British people we should then deliver for them on that choice."

The bill is due to complete its third reading in the Lords later, and will then return to the Commons where the government will try to overturn some or all of the defeats. For a helpful list of all 14 other defeats, read this blog on the Labour Lords website.

    15. 'Environmental protections': ensures EU environmental principles continue to have a basis in domestic law and calls on government to establish a statutory body to enforce compliance. Amendment/Vote

David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, has urged MPs to reject a Labour motion saying the government should have to publish its internal papers on its Brexit customs plans.

Lords vote backs meaningful green watchdog

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat May 19th, 2018 at 05:05:18 AM EST

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