Altmann – Lords acting in constitutional role in asking Commons to think again

The House of Lords tonight voted by a majority of 128 to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to limit Ministers’ ability to change the law with minimal parliamentary scrutiny.

Commenting, Baroness (Ros) Altmann, a leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“By backing this amendment, the Lords have voted to ask the House of Commons to think again.

“The House of Lords has a very clear role in our constitution: to hold the executive to account, to support the Commons in challenging ministerial over-reach and to amend and revise any law that threatens to upset the delicate balances on which democratic rule and effective government rest.

“By defeating the Government’s attempts to give ministers unchecked power to wipe laws off the statute book, our House has acted in the national interest and in precisely the way it is meant to.

“The scale of the defeat suffered by the Government sends a very clear message to Ministers that their current approach lacks support across all parties.”

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