Rudd's bid to head off Brexit defeat in the Lords

 Ministers are braced for a defeat over Brexit in the House of Lords tonight, despite a last-ditch plea by Amber Rudd

Ministers are braced for a defeat over Brexit in the House of Lords tonight, despite a last-ditch plea by the Home Secretary.

Amber Rudd wrote to peers urging them not to back changes that would force Theresa May to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after we cut ties with Brussels.

She said there was ‘absolutely no question of treating EU citizens with anything other than the utmost respect’ – and said Mrs May wanted to make the issue ‘a priority’ in negotiation.

But Baroness Smith, Labour’s leader in the upper house, described the Government’s approach as ‘shameful’.

A Lords source last night said the Government was ‘likely to face a handsome defeat’, with about a dozen Tory peers set to join Labour, Liberal Democrats and crossbench peers in defying the Government. 

The amendment would be the first change to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill which gives Mrs May authority to trigger Article 50.

It would force the Government to guarantee the rights of 3.2 million EU citizens living here, even though Germany and other member states are refusing to give similar reassurances to 1.2 million Britons living in Europe before the formal Brexit talks begin. 

Miss Rudd’s unusual move came as Boris Johnson hit back at Sir John Major and Tony Blair, saying he was sick of hearing people ‘droning and moaning’ about leaving the EU.

The Foreign Secretary urged pro-Remain politicians to stop complaining about Brexit and get behind efforts to make the UK the world’s ‘great free trading nation again’. 

Sir John irritated senior Tories on Monday with a gloomy speech in which he labelled Brexit a ‘historic mistake’ which would wreck the economy and public services.

Boris Johnson said he was sick of hearing people ‘droning and moaning’ about leaving the EU

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SIR James Dyson last night unveiled plans for a pioneering new research centre in Britain in a major vote of confidence following the Brexit vote.

The billionaire inventor is to transform a former RAF base in Wiltshire into a global technology hub, creating thousands of high-skilled jobs. Theresa May welcomed the plans as a ‘vote of confidence in our modern industrial strategy’.

‘Dyson’s exporting strength and commitment to

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