Theresa Might has conceded that her flagship Brexit laws could possibly be held up till the autumn, after it was savaged within the Home of Lords.
The EU withdrawal invoice – vital to organize UK legal guidelines for exit day subsequent March – might not full its passage till after the summer season recess, No 10 mentioned for the primary time.
The possible delay comes after the invoice suffered no fewer than 15 defeats within the higher chamber – giving contemporary muscle to insurgent Tory MPs on controversies together with the EU customs union and single market.
It’s sure so as to add to criticism that the federal government is in peril of shedding management of the Brexit course of, as the cupboard continues to argue over the phrases of exit.
Andrea Leadsom, the Commons chief, refused to provide a date for the invoice’s return, saying extra time was wanted to “have in mind the views expressed by the opposite place”.
Requested if the prime minister nonetheless anticipated it to go into legislation earlier than MPs go away Westminster, in late July, a No 10 spokeswoman declined to say she did.
“Given how essential it’s, we’re simply taking a while to guarantee that we take into account all of the amendments completely,” she mentioned.