Brexit bill: David Davis tells MPs to reject House of Lords' changes to EU exit laws

Francesca Gillett
Brexit Secretary David Davis is to urge MPs to reject amendments suggested by the Lords: AFP/Getty Images

The Government’s Brexit secretary is urging MPs to reject outright the House of Lords' proposed changes to the Brexit bill.

David Davis has insisted he will ask the Commons to kick out the two amendments to the bill which were voted through by peers in recent weeks.

The Lords' two amendments guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in Britain and demand a parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s final exit deal.

MPs will consider the amendments in the Commons on Monday.

An overwhelming majority of peers backed the amendments and Labour has since made a “direct appeal” to the Prime Minister to let them go ahead.

But a defiant Mr Davis said voters want the Prime Minister to be able to get on with the job and said he will call on MPs to leave the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill untouched.

The Bill could complete its final stages on Monday and it is possible Article 50 could be triggered by Tuesday, sources told the Standard on Friday.

Mr Davis said: "However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the Prime Minister to be able to get on with the job.

"By a majority of four to one, MPs passed straightforward legislation allowing the Government to move ahead with no strings attached. I will be asking MPs to send the legislation back to the House of Lords in its original form so that we can start building a Global Britain and a strong new partnership with the EU.

"Our new position in the world means we can restore national self-determination, build new trading links and become even more global in spirit and action."