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What’s going on in the House of Lords—and why does it matter for Brexit?

The Lords is preparing to potentially debate the "Benn bill" to prevent a no-deal Brexit. But it's going to be a long week...

By Prospect Team  

What part will the House of Lords play this week in preventing a no-deal Brexit. Photo: PA

Right, go on.

As a bicameral legislature, parliament has two separate houses: the Commons and the Lords. The latter is designed to provide scrutiny of the work of the government, and share the task of shaping and checking laws.

Okay, sure, but why is it significant right now? 

Because the “Benn bill,” designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit, will likely be heading there this week.

This bill would require the government to…

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