BREAKING: Government defeated on the Customs Union in the Lords

In a vote tonight, Liberal Democrat peers have led colleagues - from all parties and none - in defeating the Government on the Customs Union.

By Richard Newby, Apr 18, 2018 7:04

Palace of Westminster.

The Government has tonight been defeated in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

An amendment on the customs union supported by the Liberal Democrats, Crossbenchers, Labour, and Conservative peers has passed by 348 votes to 225.

The defeat forces the government to lay a report before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate a customs union as part of the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, and prevents the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 until these steps have been taken.

This is a hugely significant moment, the House of Lords has come together to show the government that remaining in a customs union is key to the UK’s future prosperity.

Securing this win on a cross-party basis rams home how out of touch the government have been on this issue and that they drastically need to change tack from the destructive hard Brexit they are pursuing.

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