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Lords debates Brexit deal

21 November 2018

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Members of the Lords, including a former permanent representative to the European Union and a vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations, debated the statement by the prime minister on 15 November relating to the European Union exit negotiations, in the House of Lords on Tuesday 20 November.

The statement had been repeated in the House of Lords by the Lord Privy Seal, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

This was a general debate. 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 Callanan (Conservative), minister of state in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Members taking part included:

  • Baroness Altmann (Conservative), vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations
  • Lord Bowness (Conservative), vice president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Lord Dykes (Crossbench), former chair of the European Movement-UK campaign for greater European integration and EU reform
  • Lord Hain (Labour), former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Lord Hannay of Chiswick (Crossbench), former permanent representative to the European Union in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour), Lords Labour spokesperson for exiting the European Union
  • Baroness Ludford (Liberal Democrat), Lords Liberal Democrat spokesperson for exiting the European Union
  • Baroness Smith of Newnham (Liberal Democrat), member of the Brexit Policy Committee, UK in a Changing Europe, based at King's College London

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown (DUP), former member of the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue, made his maiden speech.

Lord Keen of Elie (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Ministry for Justice and Advocate General for Scotland, responded on behalf of the government.

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