Government Loses Vote in House of Lords on EU Citizens Right to Stay in the UK

The Government has lost a vote in the House of Lords on the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK. The vote means that the Brexit Bill will be returned to the House of Commons for consideration, but the Government has confirmed that the time-table remains unchanged.

The House of Lords voted by 358 to 256 votes to protect the rights of EU citizens before the negotiations begin after Article 50 is triggered. A spokesman for the Government said:

“We are disappointed the Lords have chosen to amend a bill that the Commons passed without amendment”.

The Government isn’t expected to make any changes to the Brexit Bill, but there remains the possibility that some Conservative MPs may support the changes proposed by the Lords. Any lost vote on the amendment could see the Government accept the changes in a bid to ensure that the Brexit Bill is passed according to the original time-table.