Responding to tonight’s Government defeat in the House of Lords by 86 votes, Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby said:
“The defeat of the Government this evening undoubtedly demonstrates the House of Lords has no faith in their ability to deliver on any of its promises. Their recklessness as they gamble with crashing out in bid to scare MPs into voting for Theresa May’s deal is a dereliction of duty.
“Ministers’ assurances that we can get all the Brexit related legislation through Parliament by 29 March are insulting.To pretend that the Lords can pass bills on trade, healthcare, agriculture, fisheries, immigration and the supposedly amended Prime Minister’s deal as well as the 600 strong mountain of Statutory Instruments is nothing short of ridiculous.
“Peers across the House are aware of this but simply all those voting with the Government represent a willingness to put party and personal interest before that of the country.
"The Liberal Democrats are clear, that as the effects of Brexit become more apparent, the only way forward is for Theresa May to take no deal off the table and offer the people a final say, with the option of remaining in the EU.”
The motion passed was “to move that this House, further to its resolutions of 14 and 28 January, calls on Her Majesty’s Government to take all steps necessary to ensure that (1) the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 without an agreement with the European Union which has been fully ratified by both Houses of Parliament, and that (2) before the end of February 2019, motions are moved which fulfil the provisions under sections 13(1)(b) and (c) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.”