Two key amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill passed yesterday in the House of Lords.

An amendment on the customs union supported by the Liberal Democrats, Crossbenchers, Labour, and Conservative peers passed by 348 votes to 225.

The defeat forces the government to lay a report before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate a customs union as part of the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, and prevents the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 until these steps have been taken.

Commenting on the victory, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords, Lord Newby said:

This is a hugely significant moment, the House of Lords has come together to show the government that remaining in a customs union is key to the UK’s future prosperity.

Securing this win on a cross-party basis rams home how out of touch the government have been on this issue and that they drastically need to change tack from the destructive hard Brexit they are pursuing.”An amendment providing enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards was passed.

The other amendment which passed provides enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards.

Commenting on this victory, Lord Newby said:

This is a key step in ensuring that parliament plays the key role in Brexit and not just a handful of Ministers altering standards via the back-door.

Guaranteeing that standards relating to equality, employment law and many other things can only be altered via primary legislation is extremely significant and essential to the democratic process.