Today in the Commons the future of the Lords will be debated, after over 500,000 people signed various petitions calling for an abolishment of the unelected chamber.
At the same time, the Lords look overwhelming likely to once again reject the government’s Brexit plans.
Last week MPs overturned most of the 15 amendments which the Lords slapped on to the EU Withdrawal Bill, and some were tweaked into a compromise.
Brexit should begin a British renaissance that starts with the abolition of the House of Lords – I will present a Bill on Tuesday that seeks to replace the Lords with a new senate https://t.co/W6JSjU8aAB via @Telegraph
— Frank Field MP (@frankfieldteam) 17 June 2018
Today Lords will try to change the bill yet again on workers’ rights, the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights, and crucially, a “meaningful vote”.
Speaking before the vote, foreign minister Boris Johnson reinforced the government’s view that discussion of the meaningful vote was hypothetical as ministers were confident of getting a deal with Brussels that parliament will approve.
Boris at the FCO party tonight: “Do you realise, there are more members of the House of Lords than there are Bengal tigers? Perhaps we could help the Bengal tigers by feeding them members of the House of Lords; and their amendments.” LOL.
— Eamonn Butler (@eamonnbutler) 12 June 2018
“We are absolutely confident that we will deliver a Brexit deal that … would be good for the UK, good for our European friends and partners. We’re going to get on and do it,” he told reporters.