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BREXIT: Boris Suffers First Parliamentary Defeat Since Election

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the debate of the Queen's Speech at the House of Commons in London, Britain, on Oct. 14, 2019. .(Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/Handout via Xinhua) HOC MANDATORY CREDIT: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor(伦敦分社韩岩,十月十四日审)(韩岩通联自英国议会,烦请署议会及摄影师名字,以免违反议会的规定。英文加了一段大写请保留,谢谢)

The first defeat for the bill was over the rights of EU citizens lawfully residing in the UK after Brexit. The vote, by 270 to 229, majority 41, means the bill will have to go back to the Commons, where Johnson will be able to use his big majority to overturn it…reports Asian Lite News

Pro- Brexit and Anti- Brexit Protesters hold flags and placards outside the parliament, in London, Britain.

The Boris Johnson-led UK government has lost three votes in the House of Lords over its Brexit legislation, its first defeats since it was re-elected by a majority in the December 2019 general election.

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which paves the way for the UK to leave the EU with a deal on January 31, was approved by MPs earlier this month without any changes, said a BBC rpeort.

But despite their emphatic victory in the December 12, 2019 general election, the Conservatives do not have a majority in the Lords and have suffered a series of defeats during the bill’s passage through the House.

Meanwhile on Monday, the first defeat for the bill was over the rights of EU citizens lawfully residing in the UK after Brexit.

Peers backed a cross-party amendment allowing EU citizens physical proof of their status, reports metro.co.uk.

The vote, by 270 to 229, majority 41, means the bill will have to go back to the Commons, where Johnson will be able to use his big majority to overturn it.

LONDON, Dec. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A pro-Brexit supporter is seen outside the House of Commons in London, Britain, on Dec. 4, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May said the five day Brexit debate which started Tuesday evening in the House of Commons will set the course Britain takes for decades to come. Next Tuesday MPs will vote on whether to support or reject a deal agreed between May's government and the European Union on Britain's future relationship with Brussels. (Xinhua/Stephen Chung/IANS) by .
A pro-Brexit supporter

In the second defeat, peers voted by 241 to 205, majority 36, to remove the power of ministers to decide which courts should have the power to depart from judgments of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and by reference to what test.

A third defeat followed, as peers backed a move to allow cases to be referred to the Supreme Court to decide whether to depart from EU case law.

Voting on this amendment was 206 to 186, majority 20, as peers warned against interference in the independence of the judiciary.

Also on Monday, the Commons voted to approve the Queen’s Speech, which outlines the government’s legislative agenda.

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