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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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  1. Summary: what happened in the Lords today?

    European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Pannick

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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: 

    Quote Message: 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.
  4. Labour 'puzzled' by Lib Dem actions on Article 50 bill

    European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Smith

    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".

  5. 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".

  6. Minister hails Article 50 bill's importance

    European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

    Lord Bridges

    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". 

  7. 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.

  8. Peers turn to fracking debate

    Fracking debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Fracking diagram

    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?

  9. Irish citizenship not connected to Article 50 - minister

    European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill

    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. 

  10. 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.

  11. 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".

  12. 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.

  13. 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:

    Quote Message: 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."
  14. MPs adjourn

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    House of Commons clock

    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.

  15. 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.