In a dramatic turn of events on Monday night, members of the House of Lords voted in favor of three amendments to Boris Johnson’s Retirement Law (WAB). Peers supported the first amendment calling for EU citizens to receive physical documents as proof that they have the right to live in the United Kingdom after Brexit. The motion was supported by 270 pairs at 229, a majority of 41.
Liberal Democrat Lord Oates said that without physical documentation, EU citizens eligible to remain in the UK would be “severely disadvantaged” in their dealings with owners, airlines, employers and other officials.
Lord Oates denied that it was an attempt to challenge Brexit or “frustrate” the legislation.
The Government has confirmed that freedom of movement will end after Brexit and EU citizens can request to remain in the United Kingdom through the EU Liquidation Scheme.
Until December, the Ministry of Interior confirmed that 2.7 million applications had been made.
The government suffered its second defeat after its peers voted against taking away powers from European courts.
In the withdrawal agreement, Johnson described plans to break Theresa May’s previous commitment to transfer all EU legislation to the national statues book.
Under the terms, British laws could only be revoked by the Supreme Court or the High Court of Justice in Scotland.
The couple voted 241 to 205, in favor of eliminating the power of ministers to depart from the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
A third defeat followed quickly, when the upper house backed a movement to allow cases to be referred to the Supreme Court to decide if they depart from EU jurisprudence.
Brexit Minister Lord Callanan rejected the amendments and said it is an important principle that “the courts of the United Kingdom should be able to interpret the law of the United Kingdom.”
The WAB will now return to the House of Commons for parliamentarians to debate.
The spokesman for the prime minister confirmed that the government will seek to annul the amendments to the legislation on brexit.
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“What we are seeing is a wide range of options to ensure that every part of the UK feels properly connected to politics.”
The United Kingdom plans to leave the European Union in just 10 days on January 31 at 11 p.m.
Downing Street has confirmed that next week’s cabinet meeting will take place in northern England to mark Britain’s exit from the block.
A countdown clock will also be screened until 11pm on Downing Street on January 31.
The buildings around Whitehall will light up as part of the light show that night, and Union flags will fly at all poles in Parliament Square.
A crowdfunding campaign for Big Ben to bong to mark the historic occasion has received more than £ 225,000 in donations, below the goal of £ 500,000.