Now that the time has come for the House of Lords to debate and vote on the Article 50 Bill, there are growing concerns that the unelected peers who make up this chamber could delay Brexit by up to ONE YEAR, with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron already admitted that all 104 Lib Dem peers could vote against it.
The Liberal Democrats have a far larger presence in the House of Lords than the House of Commons, and this would mean that only 30 more votes would be required in total for the bill not to pass outright.
Although the House of Lords is only officially in place to ‘advise’ the House of Commons, parliamentary law would mean that the blocked bill wouldn’t be able to proceed for at least twelve months, and this would delay Brexit for ONE YEAR at the very least!
According to a report in The Mirror, the growing desire to vote against the Article 50 Bill in the House of Lords is being driven by concerns that the whole process has been ‘rushed’ through when the decision itself is one of the most important that Parliament will ever be faced with.
The Tory peer Baroness Altmann said: ‘I don’t understand why the March 31st deadline is so significant when this is such a monumental decision.’
We can help her with this question! The March 31st deadline is important because the United Kingdom voted to Leave the European Union, and it has been agreed by most people that this needs to happen in a timely manner. Any sort of delay must surely complicate the process even further, frustrating the very people that were driven to vote Leave in the first place.
As a result of this warning from Farron, along with the fact that there is talk of Tory peer rebels stepping into the argument, there will now be a huge amount of public interest in the House of Lords proceedings – usually the general public dismisses this ‘higher chamber’ as some sort of cosy little club where unelected peers are often caught napping!
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