Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Britain's EU Journey: When Churchill urged European unity

Britain's EU Journey: When Churchill urged European unity

The Prime Minister said it felt at times that the "finish line" would not be crossed but heralded having "done it" after peers ended a legislative battle on Wednesday evening.

The five amendments voted down by the MPs include:guarenteeing family reunion rights for unaccompanied child refugees after European Union withdrawal, allowing cases to be referred to the Supreme Court to decide whether to depart from European Union case law and giving reassurance to Scotland and Wales on devolution powers.

The result on child refugees will come as a bitter blow to campaigners hoping to reinstate protections for unaccompanied minors that had been dumped from the latest version of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

MORE than a thousand banks, asset managers, payments companies and insurers in the European Union (EU) plan to open offices in post-Brexit Britain so they can continue serving United Kingdom clients, regulatory consultancy Bovill said on Monday.

The government later suffered two further defeats in the Lords, over the power of British courts to depart from judgments of the European Court of Justice after Brexit.

Any changes to the legislation made by the House of Lords have to go back to the House of Commons to be approved and could still be overturned.

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The Prime Minister will set out his vision for the country's future in a major speech at the start of next month.

It was up to peers to decide whether to prolong the bout of parliamentary ping-pong or bow to the will of the elected House. This is because there would be no need to register if people could later rely on a declaration that they were already in the UK.

Mr Barclay said the amendment would also mean the Government would be unable to issue "more secure" digital documentation without physical documentation, adding: "This would increase the risk of fraud and raises the issue of cost to the Government and citizens".

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said an agreement on taking in the children "is ultimately a matter which must be negotiated with the European Union, and the government is committed to seeking the best possible outcome in those negotiations".

But Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper accused Johnson's Conservative government of planning to "betray the commitments that have been made to the most vulnerable children of all".

It is facing another defeat on Tuesday, when members are due to vote on an amendment which would ensure protections for child refugees, a promise made by Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, but absent from his legislation.

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