LONDON — Boris Johnson’s government suffered two fresh defeats in the House of Lords over plans to transfer EU laws to the U.K. statute book once the Brexit transition ends.
Peers voted 367 to 209 for an amendment that ensures a previous method for repatriating market rules, which requires consensus from all four U.K. nations, remains in place. They subsequently defeated the government by 327 to 223 on a separate amendment to reduce the ability of the government to tweak the law with little scrutiny by Parliament.
Once the transition period ends on December 31, the government wants to impose new rules on the devolved governments to stop goods and services from different parts of the U.K. undercutting those in the other parts. It also wants to ensure regulations are the