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House of Lords peers hatch plan to BLOCK Britain leaving the European Union

THE House of Lords is set to make a desperate attempt to delay or even block Britain’s decision to ditch the European Union, a Tory peer has claimed.

TheresaGETTY  Peers are planning to block the triggering of Article 50

Baroness Wheatcroft said she felt it was “imperative that the House of Lords don’t press the button on Article 50” and hoped the unelected part of Parliament could stop Brexit altogether.

The former editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal Europe said she hopes the possible delay on Brexit legislation would lead to a second referendum.

While we delayed things that there would be sufficient movement in the EU to justify putting it to the electorate, either through a general election or a second referendum

Baroness Wheatcroft

Baroness Wheatcroft said she did not want the Lords to stand in the way of Brexit at the moment, but said: “If it comes to a Bill, I think the Lords might actually delay things. I think there’s a majority in the Lords for remaining”.

She added: “I would hope, while we delayed things that there would be sufficient movement in the EU to justify putting it to the electorate, either through a general election or a second referendum.”

There appears to be differing views on whether legislation is needed to trigger Article 50.

House of lordGETTY   The unelected chamber is hoping to trigger a second referendum

Theresa May and her Government are said to be confident it will not need legislation to start the formal treaty mechanism.

But Lady Wheatcroft sensationally claimed she would defy a party whip to vote against triggering Article 50 and advocated fellow peers rejecting possible legislation.

She told the Times: “If you look at the make-up of the Lords, the party whip on the Conservative side, even if it was applied, would certainly not guarantee getting anything through.

“I think on this people feel sufficiently strongly that they’d defy the whip anyhow. I would.”

A fellow Tory minister in the Lords also hoped the upper chamber delays Article 50.

They said: “The first step is to establish the public were’t given the correct information, show they were led to believe things that weren’t true.

“Leave won on only 51.9 per cent of the vote, on facts presented that are patently wrong or misleading… It’s absolutely astonishing that everyone is rolling over and saying ‘well that’s all done and dusted.’

“There are Tory ministers who are really unhappy about it.”

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john fulton

The people of this country have voted in the democratic way that is laid down. How can an unelected bunch of spongers alter this? There must be an awful lot of money in it for these people both in our elected government and the House of Lords to stay in the union. Perhaps they are all looking forward to going to the EU sitting around doing nothing and being paid fortunes for doing it. Most of these people have done nothing at all for this country. But then when you look at the failures, Neil Kinnock and his wife, they… Read more »

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