Brexit bill: 'Members of the House of Lords shouldn't have to reveal their EU pensions, this is a sideshow,' says Baroness Dianne Hayter

Brexit bill: 'Members of the House of Lords shouldn't have to reveal their pensions, this is a sideshow', says Baroness Dianne Hayter

The House of Lords will debate the Brexit bill today

Monday, February 20, 2017

Asking members of the House of Lords to declare their EU pensions income is a sideshow, a front bench Labour Lord has said.

The House of Lords will begin debating the Brexit bill today (February 20), and this is the bill's second reading. Members of the House of Lords have been criticised by pro-Brexit campaigners for having pensions from the EU, and some have called for them to cut financial ties with the EU before voting on the bill.

Baroness Dianne Hayter disagreed, saying everyone should realise "someone who’s had a job gets a pension from it," adding that this is just a "sideshow".

Julia took issue with this, arguing, "if you have a financial interest in an organisation, and you then get up in the House of Lords to say, 'I think this organisation's really rather brilliant,' I think it's relevant that you actually get 80 grand a year from that."

The shadow spokesperson for Brexit also said the House of Lords is not happy about how short the Brexit bill is and they want the "government to spell out what they’re trying to achieve."

She added that when the "government feels it finished its negotiations, it should report back to Parliament and say that’s what we think is a deal," allowing them to vote with enough time to say yes or delay the exit."

Listen to the full interview above