>> No compromise, the words ringing out from number ten after a defeat on its Brexit bill. On Wednesday, the House of Lords voted to amend the legislation, delivering a blow to the doorstep of Downing Street.>> So the contents have it.>>
>> But the government has since said they will push to pass the law without amendments.
They're void by the fact that it was originally steered through the House of Commons unimpeded. If passed, the bill would legislate for divorce proceedings with the EU to begin. On Wednesday the Upper House voted for more clarity on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. Saying the bill could only pass once it contained proposals to protect them.
But Theresa May's government wants that to be part of Brexit negotiations with the EU. And they're likely to push back with an argument heard after the vote.>> If this became effective, I don't think it will, it would actually have the effect of leaving British citizens abroad stranded and neglected
>> The back and forth in the House of Lords isn't over. Further changes will be debated next week. After that, the bill will head back to the House of Commons. But there, the government can count on a slim ruling majority. Critics say Theresa May is using EU citizens as bargaining chips.
But the government argues to successfully Brexit, they may need all the bargaining power they can get.