Amendment 28

Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day) – in the House of Lords at 8:30 pm on 28 February 2022.

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  • Division number 4
    A majority of Members of the House of Lords voted to remove Clause 11 (Differential treatment of refugees) from the Nationality and Borders Bill.

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard:

Moved by Lord Kerr of Kinlochard

28: Leave out Clause 11

Photo of Lord Kerr of Kinlochard Lord Kerr of Kinlochard Crossbench

My Lords, there are two ways in which to break a treaty, and I think that, looking back on it, I rather preferred the Brandon Lewis way—the straightforward, “Yes, we’re breaking a treaty, in a specific and limited way.” This rather weaselly approach, whereby the Government say, “Oh well, we’re perfectly entitled to interpret the treaty as we choose, and no, as a matter of fact we’re not in breach of it”, seems to me unconvincing and undesirable, and rather bad for our international reputation and for refugees.

I have not heard an answer to the key point, which is that, if I were coming from Ukraine, I could not be a group 1 refugee because I cannot come directly. The clause says that the requirement of being a group 1 refugee is that you have come to the United Kingdom directly from the country or territory where your life or freedom were threatened. So nobody from Ukraine can be entitled to full refugee convention rights in this country, if this becomes the law. I do not think that is right, so I think I have to test the opinion of the House.

Ayes 204, Noes 126.

Division number 4 Nationality and Borders Bill - Report (1st Day) — Amendment 28

A majority of Members of the House of Lords voted to remove Clause 11 (Differential treatment of refugees) from the Nationality and Borders Bill.

Aye: 204 Members of the House of Lords

No: 126 Members of the House of Lords

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Amendment 28 agreed.

Consideration on Report adjourned until not before 9.26 pm.