Lords inflict 15th defeat on government over EU withdrawal bill

Rebellion on environmental protection post-Brexit carried by 294 to 244 votes

Peers have inflicted their 15th defeat on the government as the EU withdrawal bill was finally given a third reading in the Lords.

A cross-bench rebellion to beef up government proposals for environmental protection after Brexit was carried by 294 to 244 votes. Peers argued that enforcement measures proposed in a consultation document published last week were inadequate and the environment principles themselves had been subordinated to housing and economic growth.

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