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Tuesday, 7 March 2017
The Lords - and the Report and 3rd Reading of the Brexit Bill.
Today the House of Lords will proceed to the Report Stage, and then the 3rd Reading of the European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill. If these are completed, then the Bill will be returned to the Commons for "Ping Pong".
The Bill has been republished, since it was amended at the Committee Stage by the Lords. The new version is available at
The Report Stage will consider amendments while the Third Reading is on the motion "That this bill be now read a third time". Further amendments could be taken at 3rd Reading provided the issue has not been fully considered and voted on during either committee or report stage - but as the two stages are separated by a only a short debate on another matter, this is going to be difficult. Amendments at third reading are normally used to clarify specific parts of the bill and to allow the government to make good any promises of changes they made at earlier stages of the passage of a bill.
An experienced lecturer, tutor & researcher with practical experience of working in the UK and European Parliaments.
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Over the years I have broadcast on both UK & US Politics for BBC local radio stations.