Lords pledge to pass Bill opposing no-deal Brexit by Friday

Boris Johnson has lost control of the House

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The House of Lords has promised to complete all stages of an opposition proposal to block a no-deal Brexit by Friday despite fears of a lengthy filibuster.

Lord Ashton of Hyde, the Conservative chief whip, said Lords would be finished with the Bill by 5pm Friday and the Commons would then have time to consider any amendments on Monday before Parliament is suspended on Tuesday.

Shortly before 1.30am on Thursday, Lord Ashton told peers: “A new motion will be tabled tomorrow to allow the Bill to complete all stages in this House by 5pm on Friday, September 6.”

“We have also received a commitment from the chief whip in the House of Commons that Commons consideration of any Lords amendments will take place on Monday and it is the Government's intention that the Bill be ready for Royal Assent.”

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill would force a Brexit delay beyond October 31 unless a divorce deal is approved by Parliament.

It has been strongly opposed by Boris Johnson’s government however he no longer controls a majority in the Commons.

Mr Johnson’s retaliatory plan to call a snap election – which required a two-thirds majority in the Commons - was also roundly rejected when Labour refused to back a poll.

The Prime Minister accused Jeremy Corbyn of being “the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election”.

The Labour leader has said he would wait until the Bill became law before considering a general election.

There has been a significant rise in the number of people registering to vote amid Mr Johnson’s efforts to call an early poll.

Government figures showed there were nearly 200,000 applications in the first three days of this week, with the majority of these aged 34 and younger.

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