Swinson – Government attempts to ride roughshod over our rights dealt a “welcome blow” by House of Lords

The House of Lords has handed the Government another defeat over Brexit, this time over the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Peers voted by 316 votes to 245 for a cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that aims to retain the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

 

Commenting, Jo Swinson MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“The Government’s attempts to ride roughshod over our rights by deleting the Charter of Fundamental Rights from UK law has been dealt a welcome blow by the House of Lords.

“The Charter of Fundamental Rights protects our basic social, political and economic rights as citizens. The ham-fisted attempts to remove it from UK law are dangerous and driven by rigid ideology.

“No-one voted in the referendum to reduce our rights as citizens, but that’s exactly what the Government is trying to do by scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This is yet another reason why we need a People’s Vote on the terms of any Brexit deal.”

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