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Summary

  1. Brexit Committee talking to Welsh government
  2. Peers begin deliberation of Brexit bill at 11am
  3. Commons sits at 11.30am for Justice questions
  4. MPs considering Children and Social Work Bill
  5. Home Affairs Committee takes evidence on Europol

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Summary: what happened in the Lords today?

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

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Lord Pannick
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The government suffered a second Brexit defeat on Tuesday, as peers backed, by 366 votes to 268, calls for a "meaningful" parliamentary vote on the final terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Ministers have said it was disappointing and they would seek to overturn the move when the bill returns to the Commons.

The previous defeat in the bill was on the issue of guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens, which was voted on at committee stage.

The bill authorises Theresa May to notify the EU of the UK's intention to leave and pave the way for official Brexit talks to begin.

The turnout in the Lords for the vote was the largest since 1831, according to Parliament's website.

A Liberal Democrat motion at third reading, aimed at blocking the bill from passing because it does not offer people another referendum on the Brexit deal, was rejected by 340 votes to 95, majority 245. 

The bill now returns to the Commons for the consideration of Lords amendments.

Peers reject Lib Dem bid to halt Article 50 bill

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Peers vote 340 to 95 to reject the Lib Dems' amendment which aimed to stop the bill progressing further. 

And with that, the bill passes third reading. 

The House adjourns and returns tomorrow at 3pm.

Peers vote on Article 50 bill at third reading

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Lib Dems take the unusual step of forcing a vote on an amendment to the bill at third reading. 

Their amendment is as follows: 

That this House declines to allow the Bill to pass, because it does not provide a mechanism for the people of the United Kingdom to have a vote, prior to the UK’s departure from the European Union, on the terms of the new relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Labour 'puzzled' by Lib Dem actions on Article 50 bill

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Baroness Smith
HoL

Labour Lords leader Baroness Smith says she's "puzzled" by the Lib Dems' move for another vote on the Article 50 bill as it's time to "heal and unite".

She says the Lords "is not a debating society" and the amendments already passed "really matter".

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Lib Dems warn of 'brutal Brexit'

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Lib Dem Lords leader Lord Newby explains why his party is seeking a vote on an amendment at third reading, warning of a "brutal Brexit".

Minister hails Article 50 bill's importance

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

Lord Bridges
BBC

Minister for Exiting the EU Lord Bridges of Headley tells peers the House has spent 44 hours on this short bill, but "that amount of time is hardly surprising given the importance of the issues which swirl around it". 

Peers kick off third reading of Article 50 bill

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Peers now begin third reading of the bill, allowing the government to kickstart the Brexit process.

Third reading in the Lords is the chance for members to ensure sure the eventual law is effective and workable. 

Unlike the House of Commons, amendments can be made at third reading in the House of Lords, provided the issue has not been fully considered and voted on during either committee or report stage.

Peers turn to fracking debate

Fracking debate

House of Lords

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Fracking diagram
BBC

Labour's Lord Hain withdraws his amendment and peers move on to the debate led by Independent Labour peer Lord Truscott on the economic and environmental benefits of shale gas development in the United Kingdom. 

What is fracking and why is it controversial?

Irish citizenship not connected to Article 50 - minister

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House of Lords

Parliament

For Labour, Lord McAvoy backs calls for Northern Irish people's right to claim Irish citizenship, saying we have a "duty" to protect their interests at this time. 

Northern Ireland Minister Lord Dunlop says it is "a matter for Ireland" and separate from the Article 50 process. 

Thirteen Conservative peers rebel in government defeat

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Parliamentary records have been published, showing 13 Conservative peers rebelled to vote for the amendment on parliamentary approval for a Brexit detail, including former ministers Baroness Altmann, Lord Heseltine and Lord Deben. 

View the results in full.

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Analysis: government defeat not surprising

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

Chris Mason

Political Correspondent

This is an irritating defeat for the government - but not surprising. 

While Theresa May commands a majority, albeit a slender one, in the Commons, she has no such majority in the House of Lords. 

Those in favour of the amendment, such as the former Conservative cabinet minister Viscount Hailsham, said its "sole purpose" was to "ensure the outcome" of the Brexit negotiations were subject to what he called "the unfettered discretion of Parliament". 

But his colleague, the former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson said it was "mischievous".

Summary: government defeat on Brexit bill

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Peers have inflicted a second defeat on the Brexit Bill by demanding a "meaningful" parliamentary vote on the final deal. 

The Lords voted 366 to 268, majority 98, at the end of a passionate and sometimes bad tempered three-hour debate in a crowded House of Lords. 

The amendment to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was approved with Labour, Liberal Democrat and some Tory backing and greeted with cheers. 

Last week, ministers suffered a heavy defeat at committee stage over the rights of EU nationals living in the UK to remain post-Brexit. 

MPs will now have to decide whether to overturn both defeats when the bill goes back before them next week. 

According to the House of Lords Library Research, the vote was the largest Lords vote on record, passing voting on the Maastricht Bill in 1993.

Brexit Secretary disappointed by Lords vote

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

In response to the government defeat in the Lords over amendment 3, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said:

It is disappointing that the House of Lords has chosen to make further changes to a Bill that the Commons passed without amendment. It has a straightforward purpose - to enact the referendum result and allow the Government to get on with negotiating a new partnership with the EU. It is clear that some in the Lords would seek to frustrate that process, and it is the Government's intention to ensure that does not happen. We will now aim to overturn these amendments in the House of Commons."

MPs adjourn

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House of Commons clock
HoC

The Lords may be going well into the night but it is an early(ish) finish for MPs.

They will be back tomorrow at 11:30am for questions to the Wales Secretary, followed by PMQs, followed by the Budget.

Reassurance needs to be in bill, Lords' Labour leader says

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

BBC News Channel

This needn't be a defeat for the government, Labour leader in the Lords Baroness Smith tells the BBC News Channel. She says it is what Theresa May promised to do.

"It's very hard to argue that if you put this in the legislation, it's tying her [the prime minister's] hand," she says. 

She says that Theresa May may not be prime minister in a few years' time, and that the reassurance that Parliament does vote on Brexit negotiations needs to be in the bill.

The government's actions over changes following the Dubs amendment show "you do need to put the detail on paper", she says.

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Northern Irish citizens' right to Irish citizenship

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

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Peers move on to the final amendment at report stage, proposed by two of Labour's former Northern Ireland secretaries.

The amendment from Lord Hain and Lord Murphy commits the government to negotiate to support the right of Northern Irish people to claim Irish citizenship, as set out in the Belfast Agreement.

Breaking Government defeated on parliamentary approval for Brexit deal

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

The government is defeated  on the bill enabling the government to trigger Article 50, as peers vote 366 to 268 for a Labour-led amendment designed to give Parliament a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal. 

Minister responds to debate

Hare coursing debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Brandon Lewis
HoC

Police Minister Brandon Lewis promises MPs that he will look at the guidance on the level of fines being issued for hare coursing. 

He says that the problem demonstrates the importance of devolving powers to local Police and Crime Commissioners.

On funding, he says the government is committed to reforming "the out of date" police funding arrangements.

Peers vote on parliamentary approval for Brexit deal

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Crossbencher Lord Pannick says he's not reassured by the government and peers divide to vote on the Labour-led amendment, which aims to give Parliament a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal.

What's in amendment 3?

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House of Lords

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Amendment 3
HoL

Statutory vote on Brexit deal would 'end in tears' - minister

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

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Lord Bridges
BBC

Minister for Exiting the EU Lord Bridges of Headley says attempts to regulate Parliament through statute often "end in tears" and could "create a field day for lawyers".

The amendment would deny the prime minister the ability to walk away from a deal and incentivises the EU to offer a bad deal, he argues. 

"We want a deal, but not at any price," he tells peers. 

'Specialist resources' needed to tackle hare coursing

Hare coursing debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Cases such as hare coursing demonstrate why rural areas require specialist resources, argues John Glen.

He urges the minster to ensure that the government comes up with a new national police funding formula that does not leave "isolated communities" feeling abandoned.

He suggests that police should have the resources to seize the valuable dogs involved in hare coursing. 

Labour seeks 'firm' commitment to parliamentary vote on Brexit deal

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House of Lords

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Baroness Hayter
BBC

Labour's Brexit spokesperson Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town echoes the Lib Dems, saying it's about the power of the Crown prerogative against Parliament. 

She acknowledges that the government has said Parliament would get a vote, but adds it is not a "firm" commitment. 

"We will happily work with government to make it crystal clear" that it is not Lords' intention to override the Commons, she promises.

'These are not good people'

Hare coursing debate

House of Commons

Parliament

These are not good people, Conservative Andrew Murrison says of hare coursers.

He suggests that they are "violent people" who are "eyeing up the property of our rural constituents".

He says the thieving population and hare coursing population are "one and the same thing".

Hare coursing debate begins

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Hare coursing
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MPs now come to the last item of business for the day – an adjournment debate on rural policing and hare coursing.

The Hunting Act 2004 made it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs, and hare coursing has been illegal since 2005.

Hare coursers walk along a field to frighten the hare into the open, then it is caught by a dog.

Conservative John Glen says that the practice causes damage to farmers' properties.

He adds that hare coursing is carried out by "large groups with contempt for the law".

Looking ahead

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Amendment would 'take back control' for Parliament - Lib Dems

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Lib Dem European affairs spokesperson Baroness Ludford says the amendment, which aims to give Parliament "a meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal, is an opportunity for Parliament to "take back control" from the executive. 

MPs approve Evel changes

Evel regulations

House of Commons

Parliament

MPs have voted 287 votes to 239 to approve the regulations.

Labour's Chi Onwurah now introduce her petition which concerns the implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts.

She says changes introduced by these acts have meant that women born in the 1950s have "unfairly borne" the changes to the pension age.

Conservatives warn the Lords

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Several Conservative peers advise their colleagues to proceed with caution, including former Lords leader Baroness Stowell and former European Commissioner Lord Tugendhat, who warns the amendment would "muddy the waters".

MPs vote on 'very narrow' changes

Evel regulations

House of Commons

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David Lidington
HoC

Responding to the debate, David Lidington says he enjoys listening to Pete Wishart's "familar riffs" on English votes for English laws.

He likens it to listening to "the golden oldies".

He emphasises that the changes being made today "are very narrow".

However opposition MPs remain unconvinced at the standing order is pushed to a vote. 

Ex-minister says 'no deal' was not put to the people

European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

House of Lords

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Baroness Altmann
BBC

Conservative former minister Baroness Altmann questions whether ministers and officials really want a deal, saying: "The 'no deal' scenario was never put to the British people."

"Risks have been skirted over," she claims. 

She insists that wanting oversight of the deal "doesn't amount to challenging the result of the referendum". 

Lord Howard tells peers to know their place

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House of Lords

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Lord Howard
BBC

Conservative former leader Lord Howard argues that it's not good enough to say that we would have to rely on the Parliament Act - which prevents the Lords from overruling the Commons - to get the Brexit deal through. 

"The other place will have its way - the other place will have its say," he emphasises.