Tory peer branded an 'idiot' as House of Lords gets heated over Brexit

Written by Matt Foster on 19 June 2018 in Diary

Watch: Tory peer Lord Robathan came under attack in the Upper Chamber.

According to the parliamentary authorities, the House of Lords is made up of people from all walks of life who “use their experience from inside and outside of Parliament to check and challenge the Government”.


But they are not averse to the odd internal row, too.


In this spirit there were some classic exchanges in the Lords on Monday last night as rebellious peers comfortably pinged the Brexit Bill back into the Commons.


Most notably, there was a full blue-on-blue pile on as Tory peer Viscount Hailsham described Brexit as an impending "national calamity" and urged fellow peers to give the Commons "a decisive say one way or another".


Ex-defence minister Lord Robathan then ramped up the rhetoric, accusing his colleague of seeking to "destroy Brexit".


That led one fired-up peer to declare: "You are an idiot."


Now now, your lordships…




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