:popcorn: More popcorn!
Uncertainty continues. The withdrawal agreement has yet to be approved by the House of Lords, and attained the Queen's consent, or approved by the European Parliament.
By LIAM DOYLE
PUBLISHED: 07:45, Wed, Jan 15, 2020 |
"Could the Brexit deal be blocked in the House of Lords?
Now the House of Commons has passed the bill the next stop is the House of Lords. Parliament’s upper chamber undergoes much the same process as the House of Commons.
The Withdrawal Agreement will undergo a first and second reading before progressing to a committee stage, report stage, and final third reading.
The House of Lords does not possess the same power as Commons, as it is unable to prevent bills from becoming law.
While the bill is in the upper chamber, Lords members may make amendments, but it must go back to the House of Commons for changes to take effect.
The Lords cannot stop the bill altogether but may be able to keep it in a state of ‘ping pong’ as it swings between the two Parliamentary chambers, prolonging the legislation and preventing a January 31 exit date."
:danger:I have no idea what happens if a Ping Pong game evolves between the two chambers of Parliament and runs into overtime beyond January 31. SNAFU, I suppose.
"Most people may assume the chances of the bill stalling in Lords is low, given Boris Johnson’s election success, however, this is not necessarily the case.
Boris Johnson clinched a Commons majority of 80 on December 12, allowing him to easily pass legislation through the lower house.
However, his staggering lead did not extend to the House of Lords, which operates on unelected peers.
Currently, the House of Lords is controlled by the opposition via a combination of Labour and Liberal Democrat peers.
The Conservatives have 244 members in the House of Lords, while Labour has 181 and the Liberal Democrats 94.
Here is the total composition of the House of Lords:
- Conservative: 244 members
- Labour: 181 members
- Liberal Democrat: 94 members
- Crossbench: 186 members
- Non-affiliated: 48 members
- Bishops: 26 members
- Democratic Unionist Party: Four members
- Green Party: Two members
- Conservative Independent: One member
- Independent Social Democrat: One member
- Independent Ulster Unionist: One member
- Labour Independent: One member
- Plaid Cymru: One member
- Lord Speaker"