Migrant crisis: Peers warned blocking Sunak's Bill will be 'SUICIDE' for House of Lords
Published: 14/05/2023- 16:51
Updated: 14/05/2023- 16:53
It would be "suicide" for the House of Lords to block the Government's Illegal Migration Bill, according to former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Lilley.
The upper chamber of is currently considering Rishi Sunak's controversial flagship migration policy.
He warned the bill will pass through Parliament because of public pressure to tackle the issue, regardless go opposition in the Lords.
He was commenting on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s opposition to the plans which he has spelled out in a speech in the House of Lords.
The Archbishop of Canterbury criticised the plans in the House of Lords on WednesdayPA
Lilley told Gloria De Piero on GB News: “It will have a tough time - but it will get through because if the Lords were to stop the measures to stop the boat people that will be the end of the House of Lords then it would commit suicide.
“The public wouldn't stand that.”
In a discussion with Gloria De Piero, also said he did not believe Sir Keir Starmer would make good on his promise to abolish the House of Lords.
He said: “It doesn't matter what the reasons are.
Peter Lilley said he thought Sir Keir Starmer would end up scrapping the House of Lords
"He won't do it, because it's been the plan ever since the legislation in 1912 to reform it.
“He won't do it because the House of Commons won't stand a rival chamber composed of elected people just like them, the second 11, basically, but with the claims to an electoral mandate, who would conflict with them?”
Lilley added: “It would do away with something which they're a good argument for. It works.
"No one would invent it, but it works as a revising chamber, it doesn't work when it becomes a campaigning chamber, which it was during Brexit.
“But when it's revising legislation when I was secretary of state, they revised my legislation.
"On almost every occasion, I accepted their revisions because they were usually sensible.”