The Government have suffered a 123-vote defeat in the House of Lords this evening as the Upper House voted to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill over the Customs Union.
Commenting, Lord (Peter) Hain, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The House of Lords could not be clearer: we need to stay in the Customs Union to avoid a hard Northern Ireland border and to avoid the reckless and destructive impact of a hard Brexit.
“In doing so they have spoken for the country as a whole and, crucially, given the Commons the opportunity to consider this question. Before now, Ministers have avoided a proper debate in the Commons.
“The impact of leaving the Customs Union on the Good Friday Agreement, on queues at our ports and on the sustainability of jobs and business was barely discussed in the referendum campaign. These are the sorts of new facts that are making more and more people conclude that we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The House of Lords have given the Commons a great opportunity to have a proper and full debate on the impact of leaving the Customs Union and to put a brake on Theresa May’s plans for a hard and destructive Brexit.
“I know there is a growing cross-party movement in the Commons to halt plans to take us out of the Customs Union: because of the threat it poses to the Good Friday Agreement settlement on the island of Ireland and to trade with our biggest economic partner.
“Ministers would do well to listen to that and to the growing support for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”