Smart Brexit Newswire

No time to Lord it up yet.

Storm Dorris might be about to hit land and cause the predictable headlines tomorrow but there was no turbulence yesterday in the passing of the Bill that will allow Theresa May to start our withdrawal from the European Union 

At around 11pm last night, after 190 speeches, the House of Lords passed the Article 50 bill without a vote after two days of debate. As Lord Menzies Campbell - the former Liberal Democrat leader - said, everything that can said had been but not everybody had had the chance to say it. 

Next, the draft legislation will move on to what is called the "Committee Stage" which will start next Monday. Peers will discuss the Bill line by line and table changes to the Bill in the hope of trying to force concessions from the government on issues like the status of UK and EU citizens living on either side of the channel. As it stands we count around 32 amendments have been tabled by Lords on subjects ranging from membership of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), the status of Northern Ireland post-Brexit and our membership of the Single Market. 

The Committee Stage is where the real battle begins for the Government.

Members of the House of Lords are usually pretty good for a memorable quote or two. Conservative peer Lord Dobbs issued a deep burn when he seemed to forget Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron's name saying "I was going to say Farage, but he's the one who's well-known'. Our favourite quote of the debate yesterday, however, was the government minister Lord Bridges at the very end of the debate when he caused chuckles by saying: "Finally, whether one voted to leave or remain, we can all agree that, after 20 hours of debate, it is time not to remain but to leave this House and to go to bed."

The bar for humour in the Houses of Parliament is extremely low but these days we could all do with a laugh.

Bloomberg: May faces Brexit clash after Bill clears first Lords test 

Daily Mail: Brexit battle turns serious as Lords not to force changes on bill to leave European Union next week

The Times (£): Put final deal to country, peers urge

Today's Front Pages

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Today's News

Jobs and Livelihoods

The Independent: Brexit faces 'cliff edge of uncertainty' after EU departure unless Government secures transitional deal

Sky News: Firms need 'five year' Brexit transition period, manufacturers say

The Guardian: The Guardian view on Brexit Britain - Too Many Uncertainties

The Guardian: Betting the house? How Brexit gamble could bring down the City

BBC: Come to France post-Brexit, banks urged

The Guardian: How difficult is a hard Brexit?

 

Immigration

The Independent: Tens of thousands of British pensioners in EU countries 'face healthcare limbo after Brexit'

The Times (£): Britain will stay open to EU migrants, Brexit secretary admits

The Guardian: UK not about to 'shut the door' on low-skilled EU migrants, says Brexit secretary

Daily Mail: Low-skilled migration to continue for 'years and years' even after Brexit

The Times (£): Pay for Calais migrants, demands French hopeful

The Guardian: Farmers deliver stark warning over access to EU seasonal workers

 

NHS and Social Care

The Guardian: Brexit threatens social care jobs and funding

The Sun: Map reveals NHS services facing closure as experts say hospitals, A&Es and maternity units 'must close to save health service'

Daily Mirror: Appalling depth of NHS crisis shows how Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May are killing a beloved institution

The Guardian: Don't blame GPs for NHS crisis. Blame chronic cuts to social care

 

And the rest....

Daily Express: Sturgeon told 'No set of circumstances' in which Scotland can remain in EU

The Independent: Britain will face 'very hefty bill' for Brexit, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warns

The Sun: Business bosses beg MPs to rule out a second referendum once and for all to end business uncertainty

Evening Standard: Lord Lamond - people who want second Brexit vote don't believe in democracy