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Brexit news – live: Boris Johnson defeated again in Lords, as ‘no-deal to cost more than Covid’

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to local people at the Canal Side Heritage Centre in Beeston, central England, on July 28, 2020, during an event to launch the the government’s new cycling initiative to help get people fitter. The Johnson government has ramped up its efforts to address obesity in Britain.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to local people at the Canal Side Heritage Centre in Beeston, central England, on July 28, 2020, during an event to launch the the government’s new cycling initiative to help get people fitter. The Johnson government has ramped up its efforts to address obesity in Britain.

The House of Lords has voted to force Westminster to seek the consent of the devolved administrations before ministers can exercise powers contained in the controversial Internal Market Bill.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been defeated several times over the bill, with peers voting overwhelmingly to strip out law-breaking powers that would allow him to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Meanwhile, Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has said that a no-deal Brexit would cause long-term damage to the UK’s economy, costing more than the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the long-term.

He told the Commons Treasury committee that it was in the “best interests of both sides, for the UK and the EU, for there to be a trade agreement”, adding that economic models suggested there would be long-term consequences if the government failed to agree to a deal.

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