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If MPs cannot be relied upon to protect the UK’s international reputation, can the Lords?

The Upper House may have a decisive role to play in this sorry saga

By Peter Kellner  

Peers in ceremonial dress during the State Opening of Parliament in 2019. phoot: Aaron Chown/PA Archive/PA Images

Here is a sentence I never thought I would write. Britain’s global reputation, its hopes of economic recovery and a vital constitutional principle could depend on the actions of the House of Lords. That any, let alone all, of these three things are in jeopardy is bad enough. For their defence to be in the hands of unelected legislators with no democratic mandate doubles the nightmare.

We may hope that this grim…

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