Lords Brexit amendment: Tory peer says this doesn't have to delay Article 50

Brexit: Britain needs to take 'moral high ground', says Baroness Altmann after House of Lords deal defeat to Government

The baroness insisted the UK needs to go into negotiations with the 'moral high ground'

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Conservative peer who voted against the Government for the first time on the Article 50 bill amendment says it needn't delay the Brexit process.

Baroness Altmann also defended her decision to support the amendment on EU migrants, saying such people should not be used as "bargaining chips."

Yesterday (Wednesday March 1), the Lords voted overwhelmingly in favour of an amendment for the Government to guarantee the rights of EU nationals already living in the UK after Brexit. 

It's the first major setback for the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill as it moves through Parliament but ministers have already signalled they will seek to overturn it.

Altmann told Julia Hartley-Brewer "I feel in all good conscience the Government’s position on this is illogical, immoral and wrong for the people concerned and our country.

"This is a matter of taking back control. We can control this. It doesn't need to delay triggering Article 50 at all. All the Government needs to do is come back to Parliament and commit to unilaterally doing the right thing.

"The rights of EU citizens here shouldn’t be used as bargaining tools or negotiating collateral. These are people and their lives - we need them here, they’re doing wonderful work for our economy.

"Britain should be able to take the moral high ground."

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