MPs start Brexit bill – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including MPs debating and voting on the first day of the EU withdrawal bill’s committee stage

Field says, if the Lords try to wreck this bill, MPs will want to press the “nuclear button”, he says. “They will sound their own death knell,” he says. Many Labour MPs want to abolish the Lords, he says.

Field says he threw away the pamphlet sent out by the government during the EU referendum campaign without reading it. There were “false truths” told on both sides. The campaign did not enhance the reputation of the political class, he says.

He says the government is not handling Brexit with the” importance or drive or coherence that this issue merits”.

What we have now is the Barnier rule of all take and now give.

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