The government was defeated within the House of Lords on Tuesday evening over rules to stop deals with countries that commit genocide or human rights abuses.Peers, including 40 Tory rebels, forced two amendments on the government's bill that might tie the hands of ministers when negotiating new agreement.
One successful motion, proposed by Labour, requires the govt to see whether parties to any proposed trade deals have committed crimes against humanity, among other safeguards.But peers also backed a stronger motion from crossbencher Lord Alton that might leave the choice on whether a rustic had committed genocide to the supreme court .
The defeat comes after Boris Johnson narrowly avoided a defeat within the Commons on an identical amendment, despite misgivings of senior Tories.The bill is currently during a state of "ping pong" between the Lords and therefore the Commons, during which is it being sent back and forth between the 2 houses of parliament.
Proposing the successful amendment, Lord Alton said: "This all-party amendment may be a modest plan to break the cycle of hatred and violence which might otherwise cause more suffering by innocent citizenry ."
Labour frontbencher Lord Collins of Highbury added: "We are during a new era where we've a responsibilities to start out negotiating trade agreements outside the EU. we've to make sure that thereupon responsibility we take cognisance of all our responsibilities to human rights."
"I do believe trade but there's no God given right for British consumers to shop for T-shirts at £2 a bit if people are murdered or forcibly sterilised within the production of them."The government has however warned that it might be problematic to offer British courts the power to declare whether a genocide has taken place.
Boris Johnson and his trade secretary Liz Truss have pushed hard for trade deals with other countries, claiming they're a advantage of Brexit and leaving the EU union .