Peers laugh as clerk delivers tongue-twister on the Brexit Bill

Even the House of Lords is baffled about the Brexit Bill! Comedy scenes as the Peers’ clerk delivers tongue-twister over the ‘amendment to the amendment in lieu of the amendment’ to EU laws

  • Peers set about laughing as the mind boggling message was read out last night 
  • Confusing instruction by MPs came after hours of wrangling on the Brexit Bill 
  • Tory rebels and ministers had been locked in technical discussion on vote 
  • The threatened Tory revolt collapsed and Theresa May emerged victorious

Peers were left in hysterics last night after they received a mind-boggling message from MPs on the Brexit Bill which used the word amendment a staggering nine times.

A parliamentary clerk read out the confusing tongue-twister to the Chamber after the crunch legislation finally cleared the Commons.

It came after hours of confusing legal wrangling between ministers and Tory rebels ended in a last-minute fudge on whether Parliament would be given a meaningful vote on the deal.

But the usually serious Lords and Ladies fell about laughing as they heard the complicated message was solemnly read to them.

Reading it out in his formal dress and grey wig, the clerk said: ‘My Lords, The Commons agree to certain amendments made by the Lords in lieu of amendments made by the Lords to the European (Withdrawal) Bill to which they disagreed.

‘They agree to the amendments made by the Lords to their amendment made in lieu of an amendment made by the Lords, to which they disagreed. 

‘And they agree to the amendments made by the Lords to their amendments made in lieu of the amendment made by the Lords to which they disagreed, with amendments, to which they desire the agreement of the Lords.’ 

What is the confusing tongue-twister message that left peers laughing?

This is the mind-boggling message that left peers chortling:

‘My Lords, The Commons agree to certain amendments made by the Lords in lieu of amendments made by the Lords to the European (Withdrawal) Bill to which they disagreed.

‘They agree to the amendments made by the Lords to their amendment made in lieu of an amendment made by the Lords, to which they disagreed. 

‘And they agree to the amendments made by the Lords to their amendments made in lieu of the amendment made by the Lords to which they disagreed, with amendments, to which they desire the agreement of the Lords.’  

The clerk flashed a smile as he delivered the convoluted message.

Peers fell about laughing as the convoluted message was delivered to them yesterday evening.

And later that evening Brexit Minister Steve Baker poked fun at the convoluted message, tweeting it in full.

He added the message: ‘On a lighter note, here’s the EU Withdrawal Bill team’s favourite part of proceedings – the last message to the Lords.’ 

The light-hearted scenes came after a frantic final 12 hours of Brexit negotiations between Theresa May and Tory rebels.

The PM and her team managed to avoid a backbench revolt after peeling away many of her rebellious backbenchers – including ringleader Dominic Grieve – after last ditch talks. 

The Government won 319 to 303 to defeat a potentially explosive amendment that would have allowed the Commons to overrule the PM on a no deal Brexit. 

The usually serious Lords and Ladies fell about laughing as they heard the complicated message was solemnly read to them.

The comedy scenes in the Lords (pictured last night) came after hours of confusing legal wrangling between ministers and Tory rebels ended in a last-minute fudge on whether Parliament would be given a meaningful vote on the deal

Mr Grieve was ridiculed as the new ‘Grand Old Duke of York’ after he gave up his rebellion with no major new concession – even admitting to shouts of ‘shame’ Mrs May had conceded nothing new today.

He had brought forward an amendment which would have given Parliament the right to have a ‘meaningful vote’ if no Brexit deal is done by late January next year.

He was pushing for MPs to be given the chance to amend a vote in a move which would have allowed them to effectively issue instructions to the PM on Brexit.

But last night he caved to the PM and backed down after getting an assurance from ministers that there would be other ways for MPs to vote and express their views if the talks end in deadlock and no deal next year.

Minsters and Brexiteers were claiming victory last night – but to add to the confusion some Remainers insist the assurance shows they have triumphed in  highlighting that Parliament is supreme.

The baffling row over the meaningful vote was described by Tory minister Robert Buckland as ‘dancing on the head of a pin’.   

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