British PM suffers first defeat since election after losing vote on post-Brexit citizens rights Jan 21, 2020 0 554 12345 AFPLondonBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suffered his first parliamentary defeat since the election when peers voted to give EU citizens physical proof of their right to stay after Brexit.Members of the unelected upper House of Lords voted by 270 to 229 to amend the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which ratifies the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union on January 31.The bill passed without hindrance through the elected lower House of Commons, where Johnson’s Conservatives have a majority, but it faces more opposition among peers.Monday’s vote concerns the estimated 3.6 million EU and Swiss citizens who currently live in Britain.They must apply to stay after Brexit, and if successful are given an electronic code to present to anyone from landlords to airline staff who may demand proof of their immigration status.But Jonathan Oates, a member of the opposition Liberal Democrats, argued that this process was “dependent on the frailty of an internet connection and the resilience of a government IT system”.“In the real world, in respect of permanent residence, proof of immigration status is in physical documentation,” he told his fellow peers.The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, has also raised concerns about the lack of physical documents “to ensure certainty”.The Lords voted to give EU citizens physical documentation, in a change that must now be approved by the House of Commons in a vote on Wednesday.If MPs reject the change they will send the bill back to the Lords in a process known as “ping pong” that continues until one chamber gives way.The Lords will vote on another controversial amendment to the Brexit bill, regarding the rights of unaccompanied refugee children to join relatives in Britain, on Tuesday. RELATED ARTICLES Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano ‘recharges’ Jan 21, 2020 0 963 China confirms human-to-human transmission as SARS-like virus spreads Jan 21, 2020 0 773 Putin submits reform plans to Russian parliament Jan 21, 2020 0 393 State of emergency amid fears of violence at Virginia pro-gun rally AFP Richmond, United States Several thousand gun rights supporters massed near the Virginia state capitol on Monday for a rally under heavy surveillance and a state of emergency declared by authorities fearing .. Trump’s legal team demands immediate acquittal AFP Washington President Donald Trump’s lawyers submitted a trial brief on Monday calling his impeachment by the House “a dangerous perversion” of the US constitution and demanding his immediate acquittal by the .. Outcry in Pakistan as lawyers’ group asks members to declare faith Islamabad: A lawyers’ association in Pakistan has triggered criticism by asking its Muslim members to submit a certificate of faith declaring belief in the finality of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The move by the .. Indian Christians protest against new citizenship law Kolkata: More than 8,000 people from the Christian community took to the streets in eastern India on Monday to protest against a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. One of the protest ..