Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Steve Barclay | Peter Summers/Getty Images
Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill passes Commons, moves to Lords
Lords expected to raise concerns over parliamentary scrutiny, but won’t delay the Brexit legislation.
Updated 1/9/20, 7:16 PM CET
LONDON — Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill was approved by the House of Commons and will now be discussed in the House of Lords.
MPs on Thursday voted 330 to 231 in favor of moving the bill to the upper house of parliament, although the peers are not expected to cause any trouble for Johnson or do anything that might delay the passage of the bill.
Closing a parliamentary debate ahead of the vote, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay urged peers to take into consideration December’s general election result, which gave the Conservatives an 80-seat Commons majority.
“I anticipate constructive scrutiny, as we would expect in the other place [the Lords], but I have no doubt that their lordships will have heard the resounding message from the British people on December 12,” he said.
The bill, which enables the U.K. to leave the EU on January 31 and outlaws extending the Brexit transition period beyond the end of 2020, was passed despite opposition from the Labour Party. Shadow Brexit minister Paul Blomfield warned the government to approach the next stage of Brexit “with sensitivity and with caution.”
“The decision of the general election isn’t a mandate to bulldoze through a particular version at any cost on all the people of the United Kingdom,