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UK government suffers fourth defeat on Brexit legislation in House of Lords

A general view at the House of Lords as the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill is debated in London, Britain January 21, 2020. Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government suffered a fourth defeat on its Brexit legislation when members of parliament’s upper chamber voted on Tuesday to ensure protections for child refugees after Britain leaves the European Union.

Johnson’s Conservatives won a large majority in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, in a Dec. 12 election and earlier this month lawmakers there quickly approved the legislation needed to ratify his exit deal with Brussels.

But the House of Lords, where Johnson’s government does not have a majority, made three changes to the legislation on Monday, including over the rights of EU citi

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