Brexit under way: House of Lords BACKS DOWN after stand-off with Boris Johnson over Bill

The House of Lords has opted to end its legislative tussle with the Commons, as peers vote in favour of passing Boris Johnson's Brexit Bill. The unelected peers bowed to the will of the Commons after MPs overturned five amendments to the divorce deal. The Bill now goes forward for Royal Assent.

The Queen is expected to formally approve the Bill tomorrow. 

Speaking in the upper chamber, Brexit minister Lord Callanan said: "We are at the end of what seems like a very long road. The final stages of this Bill represent something which many of us thought might never happen - Parliament passing the legislation necessary to implement a Brexit deal and to finally deliver on the 2016 referendum."

He added: "I know many on the benches opposite are disappointed that the Commons has chosen to disagree with all of the amendments that peers passed this week.

"I would, however, like to reassure peers that their expertise, their contributions will continue to play a valuable role after Brexit.

"Following our exit, this House will see more legislation on a range of topics connected to the departure from the European Union. In some cases, it will be the first time in decades that the UK has legislated on some of these matters."

The Prime Minister is expected to finalise the ratification process with EU chiefs before personally signing the historic Withdrawal Agreement.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel are expected to sign the deal in Brussels latwe this week while Mr Johnson will add his signature in the coming days.

Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe has said today marks a "momentous day", after the Lords backed the Bill.

He wrote on Twitter: "Virtually no way to stop us leaving on the 31st now the Lords have approved the Brexit bill.

"A truly remarkable journey from Euroscepticism being seen as the crazy fringe to becoming law.

"Not been easy and we’ve all taken criticism but it will be a momentous day. Well done all!"

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