Peers tend to be reasonable people and Lords committees are politically balanced – which makes the absolute rollocking given to the Government over their Brexit bill today even more noteworthy.

The Lords Constitution committee has accused ministers of using the bill to make a “breath-taking” power grab from Parliament and of having “misquoted”.

In the explanatory notes of the Brexit bill, the Government claimed the Committee supported its plan to give itself Henry VIII powers over Brexit – allowing ministers to change the law without a vote or debate in Parliament.

The Lords Committee has hit back, saying they were “selectively quoted” and their warnings of an “unprecedented” transfer of powers have been “ignored.” 

Committee chair Baroness Bolton fumed:

“The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill represents an extraordinary transfer of legal powers from Parliament to the Government, with no additional oversight; we believe this is unacceptable.

“We acknowledge that the Government needs significant powers in order to deliver legal certainty after Brexit.

“However, we warned the Government that such powers must come with tougher parliamentary scrutiny mechanisms and we are disappointed that we have not only been misquoted by the government, but that our key recommendations have been ignored.”

As the bill stands, everything from workers’ rights to environmental rules could be changed at the whim of Theresa May.

So much for taking back control…

  1. Chris Bergin. Please look to see what this will mean for you and yours. HMG have been drawing conclusions from their surveys that show HMG that they would be able “willy-nilley” to remove Habius Corpus, Right Not to be arrested,Right not to be randomly searched, etc, etc,..Surely you are not a person who says :” If you,ve nothing to hide why worry ! “…Gordon Bird Warton.Lancaster.

  2. I doubt if the Lords or any other of the privilaged wealthy have anything to worry about. However the rest of, especially those who want more democracy, not less are the real targets. It makes you wonder if the Tories had this as part of their plan when calling for a referendum, just in case it went ‘Leave’ this was Plan B to grab power and leave us with the most watered down and pathetic
    version of a democracy, in the Western world.

  3. They are untrustworthy, should not be allowed near ought that gives them carte blanche powers. They will abuse them, and never use them in the people of this countries interests.

  4. Oh my god! In this case the lords are with us for once! Please do something to stop this nonsensical government! Medieval laws now! A laughing stock to the world

  5. Oh my god! In this case the lords are with us for once! Please do something to stop this nonsensical government! Medieval laws now! A laughing stock to the world. I have not duplicated a comment and if you want to oppressmy opinion

  6. ashley retallick says:

    There’s a petition against this gaining huge momentum on 38degrees.org.uk

    Please consider signing it.

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