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By Claire Gould, Kate Whannel and Ben Butcher

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  1. Peers debate final amendment

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    Labour's Lea of Crondall speaks to his amendment which requires the prime minister to publish a report on the government's approach to the UK's co-operation with the European technical agencies.

    That is where we have to leave our coverage of the House of Lords.

    Peers return tomorrow at 11am for oral questions. 

  2. Peers warned not to 'tie government's hands'

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    Lord Keen of Elie

    Government spokesman Lord Keen of Elie gets to his feet to cheers from his colleagues.

    This is because he is now responding to one of the last group of amendments in the committee stage. 

    Lord Keen tells peers that there has been "regular and ongoing engagement" with the devolved nations adding that the prime minister's first visit on being elected was to Edinburgh. 

    He adds that it is important "not to tie the government's hands" and urges peers to withdraw their amendments.

  3. Imploding executives and dastardly Londoners

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    Ulster Unionist peer Lord Empey questions the feasibility of consulting the Northern Ireland government given that the "executive has imploded".

    Lib Dem Baroness Ludford says that you don't have to be from a devolved region to support these amendments.

    "You can even be a dastardly Londoner," she adds.

  4. Peer fears 'a Wallonia- type situation'

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    Earl of Kinoull

    Crossbencher Earl of Kinnoull fears that the amendments in this group could lead to a "Wallonia-type situation" in the UK.

    Last year the Belgian region of Wallonia was able to, temporarily, block a trade deal between the EU and Canada. 

  5. 'The cobwebs of colonialism still exist'

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    Crossbench peer Lord Elystan-Morgan supports amendment 43 on the grounds that when England and Wales deal with each other it is "not on the basis of partnership and equality".

    "The cobwebs of colonialism still exist," he warns.

    Lib Dem Baroness Randerson argues that the amendments establishing "formal structures" for negotiations are needed because "mere assurances will be totally inadequate".

  6. Wigley: London needs to work with devolved nations

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    Lord Wigley

    What matters, argues Plaid Cymru peer Lord Wigley, is that Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff feel that the government is working with them "as partners".

    He acknowledges that "power rests in London".

    However, he warns the government that it will "be creating problems for itself" if it does not give the opinions of the devolved administrations "serious thought".

  7. Peers debate the role of the devolved nations

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    Scottish and Welsh flags

    Lord Pannick withdraws his amendment "for now" leaving open the possibility that this will return at report stage next week.

    Peers move on to the next (and last) group of amendments for the evening.

    These amendments deal with the role of the devolved nations during the negotiations.

  8. 'The most meaningful vote imaginable'

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    Brexit Minister Lord Bridges warns the House that his response will be "brutally" simple.

    The majority of people voted to leave the EU, he says.

    He tells peers that the government's offer of a parliamentary vote on the final deal was described by the shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer as "huge and very important".

    Lord Bridges says the vote will be "the most meaningful vote imaginable".

    However, he clarifies that the vote will be on how the UK leaves the EU "not whether we leave the EU".

    "That decision has already been made at the ballot box."

  9. PM's assurance 'is not good enough'

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    The government will negotiate the exit deal but Parliament must approve it, says Labour spokeswoman Baroness Hayter.

    She notes that it is written in law that European Parliament must give consent to any deal, but not the UK Parliament.

    The prime minister's assurance "is not good enough", she argues.

  10. Lisvane: Legislation is better than a motion

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    Lord Lisvane

    Crossbencher peer and former clerk in the House of Commons Lord Lisvane asks what happens if one House approves a motion and the other rejects it.

    He suggests that a solution would be to inroduce legislation which has "well understood mechanisms" for securing agreement between the two Houses. 

  11. People want 'a rebalancing of power'

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    Baroness Stowell

    Conservative peer and former Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Stowell of Beeston warns that approving the amendment will "fuel distrust" in the House of Lords.

    People in the referendum voted for more sovereignty, she says but adds that they also wanted "a reblanacing of power".

    They did not necessarily want all control and power to sit in parliament, she says. 

    "I think we should reflect on that."

  12. Peers should 'stand up for sovreignty'

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    Conservative peer Lord Deben supports the amendments urging peers to "stand up for sovereignty".

    He points out that for today's debate to take place a case had to go to the Supreme Court. 

    Therefore, he argues, this House ought to ensure that there is "a copper-bottomed statutory protection" for what the prime minister has promised.

  13. Amendments 'create an absurdity'

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    Lord Howell of Guildford

    Conservative peer Lord Howell of Guildford says that MPs already have the power to bring matters to Parliament through devices and procedures. 

    These "elaborate" amendments, he argues, do not fit in with the way Parliament works adding that the amendments "create an absurdity". 

    It's all very well voting on motions, intervenes Lord Hope of Craighead, but "legislation is key".

    Lord Howell points out that MPs were able to stop the government conducting military action against Syria through a motion rather than legislation.

  14. What happens if there is no deal? asks Labour peer

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    What happens if there is no deal? asks Labour's Baroness Kennedy.

    She says that if the UK leaves the EU without an agreement and has to revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, rights will be lost.

    If no deal is reached, Parliament should have the option to vote on whether to revert to WTO rules or remain in the EU, she argues. 

    She suggests that there will be no vote on these amendments tonight but urges peers to bring back these amendments at report stage which will take place next week.

  15. Howard: Amendment is wrong in principle

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    Lord Howard

    The amendment is wrong in principle, constitutionally improper and unnecessary, argues Conservative Lord Howard.

    He admits that he may be either "rather courageous" of "foolhardy" going up against Lord Pannick, the lawyer who won the Supreme Court case against the government on Article 50.

    His reasoning, he tells peers, is that it is not the job of Parliament to negotiate with foreign powers.

    In terms of sovereignty, he argues that Parliament has the power to pass a vote of no confidence in the government and is therefore "always supreme".