It was yet one more blow to the PM’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill in lower than 24 hours, after it was voted in opposition to thrice within the House of Lords on Monday night time.
Lord Alf Dubs led the bid to restore the proper of unaccompanied child refugees being reunited with their households within the UK, which was voted for by 300 to 220.
He mentioned the Government had tried to ‘delete’ earlier guarantees to protect child refugees within the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 however it was a matter of humanity to retain them.
The Labour peer warned that below Mr Johnson’s invoice, susceptible, lone refugee kids could be pressured to come to the UK by harmful means to discover their household.
The first defeat for the Bill final night time noticed friends again a cross-party modification permitting EU residents lawfully residing within the UK to have bodily proof of their standing.
Peers later voted in opposition to ministers being allowed to determine which courts ought to have energy to depart from judgments of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
And the third noticed friends help Tory former lord chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern to enable instances to be referred to the Supreme Court and determine whether or not to depart from EU case regulation.
Lord Dubs, who fled the Nazis on the Kindertransport to London when he was simply six, at present urged ministers in opposition to utilizing the small quantity of refugee kids concerned as ‘bargaining chips’ in negotiations.
He requested the Government not to ‘close the door’ on the such kids, including he had seen for himself the ‘desperate conditions’ they endure in French camps the place they’re liable to sexual exploitation.
His modification affords a secure, authorized means of them getting to the UK and Lord Dubs advised friends in the event that they voted for it, they might be ‘thwarting the traffickers’ within the course of.
Ahead of the vote, the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, warned friends that the difficulty acted as a ‘moral bellwether for the future of our country’.
He added: ‘We want to be known as a country that is welcoming and passionate and committed to playing our full part in responding to the deep issues that arise from the reality of refugees around the world.’
Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford urged friends not to push the difficulty to a vote, including the Tories’ document over the final 10 years demonstrated a dedication to defending susceptible kids and this might proceed.
But Labour, Liberal Democrat and impartial crossbench friends ignored her pleas and united once more to defeat the Government.
The Bill is about to return to the Commons on Wednesday, when the PM is anticipated to use his massive majority within the elected House to overturn the Lords defeats within the run-up to Brexit day on January 31.