Crossbench votes are always crucial in the Upper House as it now is. But the decisive role in the Bill’s consideration may well be played by the Official Opposition.
Some of the powers it proposes to give to ministers are not democratically acceptable. But peers should correct these flaws, not seek to block Brexit itself.
It would be a huge waste to spend huge sums restoring the body of Westminster whilst decanting – probably permanently – its spirit.
The former Brexit minister argues that the Government cannot succeed in the negotiations without setting out clear goals.
The Bill is not a vehicle for pursuing policy changes, nor is it about the shape or type of Brexit we deliver. It is about delivering smooth legal continuity.
The Somerset MP in conversation with ConHome on: social care, housing, Brexit and the Lords, Carillion…and the reshuffle.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
The Tory peer, and former MEP, will take on the job of shepherding the Withdrawal Bill through the House of Lords.
The upper house “is strongest when it’s people and peers against the House of Commons, which it wouldn’t be in this case.”
Parliament authorised Brexit through Article 50, but now risks refusing the Government the chance to guarantee legal continuity.
Shorter sitting hours, time-limited speeches, and procedural changes have all made the Commons less effective. If Bercow wants to fix it he should start there.
The Electoral Reform Society calculates that a tiny change in votes would have given May a bare majority last spring. But how much difference would this have made?
Big business has become too reliant on the drug of cheap labour from abroad. It should start preparing to kick the habit now.
The news is not all bad for supporters of Leave. But a weakened Government needs third party support to deliver not so much a Soft or Hard Brexit as a clean one.
For all the chatter about the Customs Union, leaving the EU in full is still on course. But May’s bungled election has raised the chances of a disorderly outcome.