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'These days will go down in history as the House at its worst:' Tory lord tears into peers for trying to 'thwart' the will of the people as they pass 15th wrecking amendment to the Brexit Bill

  • Lord Framlingham said the days have been 'darkest' in Lords' 700 year history
  • He urged peers to stop trying to wreck the Brexit Bill and heed will of the people
  • But peers ignored his please and inflicted 15th defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill  

A Tory lord today tore into his fellow peers for trying to 'wreck' Brexit and 'thwart' the will of the people.

Lord Framlingham, a former Tory MP, said the past few days have been the 'darkest' in the Chamber's 700 year history.

And he said that unelected peers have risked causing 'irreparable damage' to the reputation of the unelected Chamber by trying to water down Brexit.

He lashed out at the peers for passing over a dozen amendments to the crucial EU Withdrawal Bill which have been designed to water down Brexit.

The amendments have been tabled to force Theresa May to try to keep the UK in the EU single market and a custom union after Brexit – in defiance on the PM's red lines.

But the Chamber ignored his warnings and inflicted a 15th defeat on the Bill designed to ensure sure EU environmental principles are enshrined in UK law. 

 

Lord Framlingham (pictured in the Lords today) a former Tory MP, said the past few days have been the 'darkest' in the Chamber's 700 year history

Lord Framlingham (pictured in the Lords today) a former Tory MP, said the past few days have been the 'darkest' in the Chamber's 700 year history

Speaking in the House of Lords today, Lord Framlingham said: 'What I do know is that irreparable damage has already been done to our reputation  by the antics of these dark days. 

'To set ourselves up in such a disreputable way, as guardians of wisdom and the common good when so many of the amendments we have passed have simply been attempts to wreck the Bill and thwart the will of the people is both false and dangerous.

'Without any doubt my lord these days will go down in history as the House at its worst.

'The House has been repeatedly warned of the recklessness of the path taken.'

Lord Framlingham's remarks came as the Lords debated a cross-party amendment aimed at enshrining environmental principles and standards post-Brexit. 

But the Chamber ignored his warnings and inflicted a 15th defeat on the Bill designed to ensure sure EU environmental principles are enshrined in UK law

But the Chamber ignored his warnings and inflicted a 15th defeat on the Bill designed to ensure sure EU environmental principles are enshrined in UK law

His remarks sparked angry jeers from other peers who accused him of talking 'rubbish'.   

Tory colleague Lord Cormack told him: 'If anybody is doing damage to the reputation of this House it is you.'

But Lord Framlingham hit back, saying: 'I believe I am speaking up for this House and for the country.   

However, peers ignored his pleas and passed another amendment to the Brexit Bill.

They voted 294 to 244 for an amendment designed to ensure EU environmental principles continue in domestic law after the transition period. 

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