The House of Lords has opted to end its legislative tussle with the Commons, as peers vote in favour of passing Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bill. The unelected peers bowed to the will of the Commons after MPs overturned five amendments to the divorce deal. The Bill now goes forward for Royal Assent.
The Queen is expected to formally approve the Bill tomorrow.
Speaking in the upper chamber, Brexit minister Lord Callanan said: “We are at the end of what seems like a very long road. The final stages of this Bill represent something which many of us thought might never happen – Parliament passing the legislation necessary to implement a Brexit deal and to finally deliver on the 2016 referendum.”
He added: “I know many on the benches opposite are disappointed that the Commons has chosen to disagree with all of the amendments that peers passed this week.
“I would, however, like to reassure peers that their expertise, their contributions will continue to play a valuable role after Brexit.
“Following our exit, this House will see more legislation on a range of topics connected to the departure from the European Union. In some cases, it will be the first time in decades that the UK has legislated on some of these matters.”