Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

07.09 5 Sep 2019


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A bill to stop a no-deal Brexit is set to complete its passage through the UK's House of Lords tomorrow, following a late night debate.

It had been feared pro-Brexit peers could attempt to delay the bill ahead of the planned suspension of parliament next week.

However, a business motion was ultimately passed shortly before 1:30am this morning.

Members of the upper house were told the bill would return to the lower house by 5pm tomorrow - ruling out the prospect of attempts at a filibuster.

It means the bill could be voted on again by MPs on Monday and become law through royal assent shortly after.

Peers will debate the bill and proposed amendments on Thursday and Friday.

Efforts to try to block a no-deal Brexit on 31st October have intensified in recent days.

Opposition politicians have been working to pass the urgent legislation ahead of Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament from next week until mid-October.

Mr Johnson suffered his first major parliamentary defeat on Tuesday when MPs in the House of Commons voted to take control of the House of Commons schedule to pass the bill.

Yesterday, opposition parties and rebel Tories - more than 20 of whom have lost the party whip - passed the Brexit delay bill and rejected the government's motion to hold an early election.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he'll back an election, but only after the legislation preventing no-deal becomes law.

Meanwhile, the British prime minister is facing a fresh legal challenge over his planned suspension of parliament today.

The hearing at the High Court in London follows a similar challenge in Scotland yesterday, during which a judge ruled the government's decision was lawful.

Today's legal bid was launched by campaigner Gina Miller, and has since been joined by several others - including former prime minister John Major and Labour deputy leader Tom Watson.

Main image: File photo of House of Lords. Picture by: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images

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