7 March - House of Lords Debate
House of Lords Debate on 7 March, European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
I attended part of this debate yesterday, and listened to the arguments put. I have argued consistently that Parliament should have a meaningful vote at the conclusion of the negotiations with the EU, and indeed the Government some weeks ago made a concession to that effect.
But uncertainty still surrounds the issue as to whether this decision meant a vote whether or not an agreement had been reached, or if it only applied to a situation in which an agreement with the EU had been reached.
The Government in the House of Lords today suggested that only a vote on an agreed deal would be supported by it, but that was before the Lords’ vote, and I would like to see Government's reaction to this over the next few days.
I will update you next week, when the matter comes before the Commons again.