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Lords debates joint committee on no-deal Brexit

4 July 2019

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On Wednesday 3 July, members of the House of Lords debated the appointment of a joint committee made up of members of the Lords and Commons, to report on the costs and implications for the UK in leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Members who took part in this debate included the shadow spokesperson for exiting the European Union and the governor of the London School of Economics.

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 Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour), leader of the opposition in the House of Lords and Labour spokesperson for Northern Ireland. Her motion refers to resolutions agreed by the House of Lords on 14 January, which 'emphatically rejected' a no-deal outcome, and 28 January, that the government takes 'all appropriate steps to avoid' a no-deal outcome.

Members who took part included: 

Lord Callanan  (Conservative), minister of state in the Department for Exiting the European Union, responded on behalf of the government.

Following a debate in the chamber there was a division (vote) on the motion.

245 members of the Lords voted in favour of the motion and 99 voted against, and so the motion was agreed to.

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