The Article 50 Bill will be debated by the House of Lords today. There is a convention that the Lords allow government legislation through the Chamber unopposed at the Second Reading. We will have to wait and see whether this convention will be maintained; already there are 190 peers due to speak on this constitutionally significant Bill.
Peers are to begin debating the bill paving the way for the start of Brexit. MPs have already backed the proposed law authorising Theresa May to inform the EU of the UK's intention to leave. But the government does not have a majority in the House of Lords where a record 190 peers are due to speak, with a number of amendments put forward. Opposition and crossbench peers are seeking guarantees about the rights of EU citizens in Britain and the role of parliament in scrutinising the process. Mrs May has said she wants to invoke Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty - the formal two-year mechanism by which a state must leave the EU - by the end of March.