Sunday, 26 February 2017

Independent: Gina Miller demands Lords show 'backbone' in changing Theresa May's Brexit Bill on eve of critical debate

Independent: Gina Miller demands Lords show 'backbone' in changing Theresa May's Brexit Bill on eve of critical debate



Peers may use sittings on Monday and Wednesday to push for votes on key amendments, including ones demanding a guarantee for EU citizens’ rights and for a vote on the final deal Ms May secures from the EU on Brexit.

But the upper chamber is under immense pressure to wave the Bill through unchanged, ratcheted up by Ms May’s decision to personally attend the Lords last week and monitor them discussing her legislation.

Ms Miller said the Prime Minister was clearly trying to “bully” the Lords and even compared her to the tyrannical character Miss Trunchbull, from Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Matilda, who browbeats children into submission.

The philanthropist was the lead voice among a group of campaigners who prevented Ms May from unilaterally launching the countdown to Brexit using Royal Prerogative powers, arguing at the Supreme Court that Parliament must vote on the issue.

But Ms Miller told The Independent that after she and her team won the right for Parliament to be consulted, she now fears the upper House will bow to media pressure and pass the Bill unamended.


What is the point of having an House of Lords if they simply rubberstamp the House of Commons? This is the most crucial legislative debate of our generation. It is vital that the House of Lords shows its teeth.

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