UK Government suffers defeat as Lords back amendment to protect EU citizens
Peers backed amendment by 358 votes to 256.
Amber Rudd urged House of Lords not to vote against Bill
The Lords’ Brexit revolt over EU citizens’ rights will help no-one
Theresa May has defiantly insisted her timetable for triggering Brexit will not be blown off course despite suffering her first Parliamentary defeat over the Article 50 bill.
The House of Lords voted to amend the Bill to force the Government to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. Seven Tory peers – including the former pensions minister Baroness Altmann – backed the amendment.
But the Prime Minister is confident the amendment will be rejected by the Commons later this month, and Downing Street insisted the timetable for Brexit “remains unchanged”.