Members of the Lords, including the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Wales and the shadow spokesperson for Northern Ireland and Scotland, debated the role of devolved administrations in the process of withdrawal from the EU and future opportunities for strengthening the union, in the House of Lords on Thursday 25 January.
This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord McInnes of Kilwinning (Conservative), former member of Edinburgh City Council.
Members who took part included:
- Lord Bew (Crossbench), former chairman, British-Irish Association
- Baroness Humphreys (Liberal Democrat), Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Wales.
- Lord Lang of Monkton (Conservative), former secretary of state, Scottish Office
- Lord McAvoy (Labour), shadow spokesperson for Northern Ireland and Scotland
Lord Duncan of Springbank (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary for the Northern Ireland and Scotland Offices, responded on behalf of the government.