TO steal from TS Eliot, the peers Brexit revolt ended “not with a bang but with a whimper” and those expecting some drama before the inevitable agreement to the passing of the Article 50 White Paper were left disappointed.
Earlier on Monday March 13, the House of Commons had rejected the amendments sent back from the Lords with very few objections from tory backbenchers and ‘ping ponged’ it back to the Lords who after a little deliberation (perhaps including some on their own future) decided to pass it without the amendments.
This means that the bill will receive Royal Ascent very shortly and the government has indicated that it will stick to the original timetable of triggering Article 50 at the end of this month.
Now the Prime Minister and her band of Brexiteers will endeavour to obtain the best exit deal with the European Union and its member states that it can within the next two years or possibly walk away without a deal relying on the strength of the economy and foreign friends to see the country through.
Those UK passport holders living in Spain and other European Union countries will now hope to obtain positive information concerning their future once negotiations commence rather than current unsubstantiated promises of protection.