Peers warned against 'thwarting' will of the people after Brexit defeats

Peers warned against 'thwarting' will of the people after Brexit defeats

An amendment to hand Parliament the power to send ministers back to the negotiating table in Brussels were they to vote against a final Brexit deal won by a majority of 91, including 19 Tory rebels.

The EU's backstop proposal, which would mean Northern Ireland staying in the customs union and much of the single market, has been rejected by the UK.

Brexit legislation will return to the House of Lords on Monday with reports suggesting peers will seek to give Parliament a final say on any deal struck with Brussels.

"We will now consider the implications of the House of Lords' decision".

Theresa May's plans for Brexit have been dealt further blows after a fresh wave of defeats in the House of Lords.

In the past, ministers have warned that should Parliament vote down a deal agreed by negotiators, the United Kingdom would leave the European Union without an agreement and would revert to World Trade Organization rules.

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"Now we have the unelected house actually trying to block the democratic will of the British people", Fox told Sky News, adding: "This is a question about whether the will of the British people will be respected or not, and it must be".

"What this amendment would do is weaken the UK's hand in our negotiations with the European Union by giving Parliament unprecedented powers to instruct the government to do anything with regard to the negotiations - including trying to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union indefinitely".

The Prime Minister has always insisted that MPs and peers would be offered a choice between accepting an exit agreement or allowing Britain to leave the bloc without any deal.

But former Conservative leader Lord Howard said the idea of effectively giving Parliament a veto over Brexit - which the public voted for in a 2016 referendum - was "fundamentally misconceived". In a bad-tempered debate, Tory peer Lord Dobbs accused the rebels of vowing "to do everything they possibly can to destroy Brexit".

"Whatever our party affiliation, our duty as parliamentarians is to our country and our conscience", he said.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary, described the vote to The Guardian as "a hugely significant moment in the fight to ensure parliament has a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and that we avoid a no-deal situation".

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