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UK: House of Lords debates bill to block no-deal Brexit

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September 05, 2019 at 14:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

The UK's House of Lords debated the second stage of a bill which would extend the Brexit deadline and potentially rule out a no-deal exit from the EU in London on Thursday.

"I rise to support this bill, for one reason and that is that crashing out of the European Union on October the 31st without a deal would, to put it mildly, be highly sub-optimal," House of Lords Peer Peter Mandelson said during the debate.

Some Peers denied that the bill and extending Brexit negotiations would improve matters and could worsen the situation.

"I do share the view of growing numbers of people in this country that we must get on with Brexit. Months or even years of delay to Brexit day, which I think this bill accommodates will makes matters worse not better," House of Lords Peer Lucy Neville-Rolfe said during the debate.

If the bill passes all stages in the House of Lords it will return to the House of Commons on Monday when MPs will vote the bill to the next stage of 'Royal assent' when it would become law.

If successful when it returns to the House of Commons, the bill proposed by Labour MP Hilary Benn, would force UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension to the current Brexit deadline of October 31 to January 28, and could potentially rule out the prospect of the UK exiting the EU without a deal.

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The UK's House of Lords debated the second stage of a bill which would extend the Brexit deadline and potentially rule out a no-deal exit from the EU in London on Thursday.

"I rise to support this bill, for one reason and that is that crashing out of the European Union on October the 31st without a deal would, to put it mildly, be highly sub-optimal," House of Lords Peer Peter Mandelson said during the debate.

Some Peers denied that the bill and extending Brexit negotiations would improve matters and could worsen the situation.

"I do share the view of growing numbers of people in this country that we must get on with Brexit. Months or even years of delay to Brexit day, which I think this bill accommodates will makes matters worse not better," House of Lords Peer Lucy Neville-Rolfe said during the debate.

If the bill passes all stages in the House of Lords it will return to the House of Commons on Monday when MPs will vote the bill to the next stage of 'Royal assent' when it would become law.

If successful when it returns to the House of Commons, the bill proposed by Labour MP Hilary Benn, would force UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension to the current Brexit deadline of October 31 to January 28, and could potentially rule out the prospect of the UK exiting the EU without a deal.

M/S Lord Speaker Norman Fowler introducing the second reading of the bill, London

SOT, Jeff Rooker, House of Lords Peer: "To coin a phrase, the Commons has acted to stop a no-deal Brexit by any means necessary."

W/S House of Lords in session

SOT, Dianne Hayter, House of Lords Peer: "And that is what this bill is about. It's not about whether we leave but about the method of our going. Whether we depart as friends, neighbours, allies with agreement between us and in a way that best supports our economies security and the people across the continent. It matters for them." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S House of Lords Peer Peter Hain on bench

SOT, Sarah Ludford, House of Lords Peer: "It [the Benn bill] prevents no-deal without, unless the Commons agrees to it and it gives the Commons powers over the extension process so it is taking back control for Parliament in action rather than in empty rhetoric."

W/S House of Lords in session

SOT, David Howell, House of Lords Peer: " Delay, frankly is going to solve nothing, although it seems to be a way out. But another three months and we'll be back exactly where we were before."

W/S House of Lords in session

SOT, Michael Howard, House of Lords Peer: "This bill, is I hope, one of the final acts of a House of Commons which has proved itself manifestly incapable of meeting the challenges in front of it. I urge your Lordships to reject it."

M/S House of Lords in session

SOT, Peter Mandelson, House of Lords Peer: "I rise to support this bill, for one reason and that is that crashing out of the European Union on October the 31st without a deal would, to put it mildly, be highly sub-optimal for our country."

W/S House of Lords in session

SOT, Lucy Neville-Rolfe, House of Lords Peer: "But I do share the view of growing numbers of people in this country, that we must get on with Brexit. Months or even years of delay to Brexit day, which I think this bill accommodates will makes matters worse not better."

W/S House of Lords in session

SOT, Peter Hain, House of Lords Peer: "The sinister self serving, ideologically obsessed, wilfully destructive approach has to be stopped in its tracks and we in your Lordship's house have a chance to do that today in supporting the elected house of commons."

W/S House of Lords in session

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