Boris Johnson suffers first post-election vote DEFEAT as Lords move to help EU ...

Boris Johnson suffers his first Parliamentary DEFEAT since the general election as the House of Lords demands EU citizens are given physical proof of their right to live in the UK after Brexit Peers backed move to give EU citizens more than just a digital document  Lib Dem Lord Oates introduced the amendment which won by 41 votes today Said they might be 'severely disadvantaged' in dealings with landlords, officials

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 17:08 GMT, 20 January 2020 | Updated: 00:25 GMT, 21 January 2020

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Boris Johnson was handed his first Parliamentary defeat since the general election today as the House of Lords defied him over Brexit.

The upper chamber backed a cross-party amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill seeking to force the Government to provide EU citizens with physical proof of their right to remain in the UK after January 31.  

It was tabled by Liberal Democrat Lord Oates, who argued EU citizens covered by the settled status scheme should have the right to a physical form of proof of status instead of only the digital proof proposed by the Government.

He said that without physical documentation EU citizens eligible to remain in the UK would be 'severely disadvantaged' in dealings with landlords, airlines and other officials.

He denied it was an attempt to challenge Brexit or 'frustrate' the legislation, which has already passed through the Commons with big majorities ahead of Brexit day on January 31. 

It was passed this afternoon by 270 votes to 229, majority 41. 

Afterwards Lord Oates said: 'This amendment simply seeks to uphold the promise repeatedly made by Boris Johnson that the rights of EU citizens to remain in the UK would be automatically guaranteed.

'It would remove the risk that those who failed to meet the cut off deadline would be automatically criminalised and subject to deportation.' 

Lord Oates said EU citizens covered by the settled status scheme should have the right to a physical form of proof of status instead of only the digital proof proposed by the Government

Lord Oates said EU citizens covered by the settled status scheme should have the right to a physical form of proof of status instead of only the digital proof proposed by the Government

The upper chamber backed a cross-party amendment seeking to force the Government to provide EU citizens with physical proof of their right to remain in the UK after January 31

The upper chamber backed a cross-party amendment seeking to force the Government to provide EU citizens with physical proof of their right to remain in the UK after January 31

Lord Oates had earlier said the right to remain should also be based on eligibility and not forfeited by failing to meet an arbitrary deadline under a cut-off date in June 2021, which could lead to EU citizens being

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