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23:20  14 november  2017
23:20  14 november  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Prime Minister Theresa May has faced her first parliamentary defeat over Brexit after Britain's upper house voted to amend and thereby delay a bill empowering her to begin talks for the UK's exit from the EU.The House of Lords voted yesterday 358 to 256 for an amendment requiring ministers to protect

The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government 's Brexit bill . The Department for Exiting the EU said: "We are disappointed the Lords have chosen to amend a bill that the Commons passed without amendment .

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The Government have defeated the first opposition amendment to their flagship Brexit legislation.

Backed by Plaid Cymru and the SNP, the proposed amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill would have forced Theresa May to win the consent of the UK's devolved administrations before repealing EU legislation.

But, the amendment was defeated 318-52 as MPs continue their line-by-line scrutiny of the bill.

Later, on the first day of the bill's committee stage in the House of Commons, the Government also comprehensively won a vote (318-68) on the bill's provision for the 1972 European Communities Act to be repealed on exit day.

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The Government has suffered a damaging Brexit Bill defeat in the House of Lords over its plans to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. Peers voted 358 to 256 in favour of the Labour-led amendment . The Government described the first defeat inflicted on the Bill as "disappointing"

But it still ended up going the way of a normal committee stage, with the government winning all votes tonight on the amendments that the House did divide on. What to read next. Who will blink first in the Brexit bill fight?

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The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government 's Brexit bill . The Department for Exiting the EU said: "We are disappointed the Lords have chosen to amend a bill that the Commons passed without amendment .

The vote, by 358 to 256, is the first Parliamentary defeat for the government ’s Brexit bill . The Department for Exiting the EU said: “We are disappointed the Lords have chosen to amend a bill that the Commons passed without amendment .

The Act currently gives EU law supremacy over UK national law.

More than 400 amendments have been tabled to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which is designed to convert EU law into UK legislation by the end of March 2019.

The Government have been warned of potential rebellions during the bill's lengthy committee stage, with Conservative backbenchers having raised concerns about the use of so-called "Henry VIII" powers.

On Tuesday, prominent Remain-supporting Tories also focused their anger on an amendment tabled by the Government itself, which would include an EU exit date of 11pm on 29 March, 2019 within the legislation.

Ex-chancellor Ken Clarke branded the amendment "ridiculous and unnecessary", adding: "It could be positively harmful to the national interest."

Former attorney-general Dominic Grieve described the Government's action as "mad" as he vowed to vote against the "unacceptable" proposal.

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The House of Lords has backed a Brexit bill amendment requiring parliament to approve any exit deal that Britain makes with the EU, putting the government under further pressure to meet an end-of-March deadline to trigger Article 50.

Tory backbencher Anna Soubry could be heard branding her fellow Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin a "disgrace" as he told the House of Commons: "Any MPs who voted for Article 50 but then do not want to fix the date are open to the charge that they don't want us to leave the EU."

As MPs debated the EU Withdrawal Bill, the Prime Minister met with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Downing Street.

The SNP leader described her talks with Theresa May as "constructive and cordial" but repeated her view the EU Withdrawal Bill is unacceptable to the Scottish Government in its current form.

Both Scotland's and Wales' devolved governments have expressed fears the "power grab" legislation will return responsibilities from Brussels to London, rather than to their countries' administrations.

Ms Sturgeon said: "We oppose Brexit but we understand withdrawal legislation is necessary, so we want to find agreement.

"But I also made clear what our bottom lines are on that bill. "Discussions will continue and hopefully we can reach some points of agreement in the weeks to come."

The First Minister also branded the Government's exit date amendment, which won't be voted on by MPs until next month at the earliest, as not "sensible".

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