Article 50 bill: The Lords can debate but they mustn't frustrate, says Iain Duncan Smith

'Debate the Brexit bill, but don't frustrate the will of the people', says Iain Duncan Smith MP

The Brexit Bill will now move to the House of Lords before receiving royal assent

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith MP has warned the House of Lords that it can debate the Brexit bill - but must not frustrate the will of the people.

On Wednesday night, the bill to trigger Article 50 and begin secession negotiations with the EU passed its final vote in the House of Commons. 

It will now move to the Lords for final scrutiny, where changes could be made before it receives royal assent to become an act.

Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green and a minister under David Cameron, explained how this could become a problem for the Government. 

He said: "The difference in the House of Lords is the Government doesn’t have a majority in there. 

"The Liberal Democrats have over 100 peers in the House of Lords. And they’re determined to have a second referendum.

"So there yet may be shenanigans in the Lords. I would say that, by all means debate it, but don’t frustrate the will of the British people.

"This is about triggering Article 50, no more, no less. Any attempt to delay or amend it to the point where the Government can’t do anything would be a deliberate slap to the face of the British people." 

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