Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal returns to Commons after Government defeated five times by defiant peers

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will today return to the Commons as MPs consider amendments after the Government suffered five defeats in the Lords.

Peers backed two more amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – or WAB – in the latest mauling for ministers on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson waits to welcome Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to 10 Downing Street, London, for bilateral meeting. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 21, 2020. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)Prime Minister Boris Johnson waits to welcome Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to 10 Downing Street, London, for bilateral meeting. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 21, 2020. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Prime Minister looks certain to overturn all the defeats using his 80-strong majority that was gained after the landslide general election.

Tuesday’s votes followed another three defeats on Monday on the rights of EU workers legally residing in the UK to have physical proof of their right to remain and the power of courts to depart from European Court of Justice rulings.

In the latest reverses, the Government was heavily defeated as peers backed a move to ensure the rights of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK post-Brexit.

Voting was 300 to 220, majority 80, in a fourth defeat for the Prime Minister in just 24 hours.

The European Union flag and Britain's Union flag hang above the European Parliament Liaison Office in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Britain will leave the European Union on Jan. 31.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)© ASSOCIATED PRESS The European Union flag and Britain’s Union flag hang above the European Parliament Liaison Office in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Britain will leave the European Union on Jan. 31.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Later, the Government suffered a fifth as peers narrowly backed a move underlining the commitment to the so-called Sewel Convention, which states that the UK Parliament “will not normally” legislate for devolved matters without the consent of the devolved legislature affected.

Voting on this Opposition-led amendment was 239 to 235, majority four.

A view of the interior of the House of Lords as the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill is debated in London on January 21, 2020. - Britain's House of Lords is debating the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is due to pass through its final stages before returning to the House of Commons. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)A view of the interior of the House of Lords as the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill is debated in London on January 21, 2020. – Britain’s House of Lords is debating the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is due to pass through its final stages before returning to the House of Commons. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

After more scrutiny of the bill in the Commons on Wednesday, it will then be up to peers to decide whether to prolong the bout of parliamentary ping-pong or bow to the will of the elected House, which seems the most likely.

Labour, Liberal Democrat and independent crossbench peers ignored repeated ministerial warnings not to amend the Bill, insisting their objection was not to stop Brexit but to ensure the legislation was better drafted.

Source: Standard.co.uk

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