19/02/2017 BBC Wales Today


19/02/2017

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The Former Labour Welsh Secretary Lord Murphy says it is not the role

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of the House of Lords to thwart or block Brexit, but it

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will play an important role in scrutinising its terms.

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He was speaking ahead of a two-day debate by peers about the bill

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giving the Prime Minister the power to begin the process

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Meanwhile, one of his cross-party counterparts in the Lords says

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they should not delay or alter the bill.

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MPs have already voted by a majority of 4:1 to give

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Prime Minster Theresa May the power to invoke Article 50

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and begin the process of Britain leaving the EU.

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Now, peers in the House of Lords will debate the bill for two

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The Upper House normally gives an unopposed second reading

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So it would be a breach of tradition if they opposed it.

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Lord Lisvane, who is from Cardiff, and who, with Sir Robert Rogers,

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served as clerk to the House of Commons, says peers may succeed

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I think it is possible that the Lords may ask the Commons

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to think again on the position of EU nationals resident in the UK.

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I don't think that there is any chance that the Lords

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If the elected house has decided not to do so,

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then the unelected house, I think, could not, would not

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Former Welsh and Northern Ireland Secretary, Lord Murphy of Torfaen,

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agrees that it's not the role of the Lords to block Brexit,

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but he'll be tabling an amendment on the issue of a hard customers'

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border with Ireland, and feels peers have an important role to play.

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Parliament does have a very important role in scrutinising

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the terms of our exit and, in our case, of course,

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to make sure that we get the best possible deal for the Welsh people.

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Because we rely so heavily, for example, on our exports to Europe.

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We rely heavily on European money for agriculture and for all sorts

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So we have to try and safeguard those and to ensure that we get

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So there is a role, but it's not one to block or to thwart Brexit.

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Nearly 200 peers have put their name down to speak.

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Any amendments would then go back to the Commons.

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But political analysts say, barring anything unprecedented,

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the bill to leave the EU should become law.

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A police car chase which led to a BMW crashing and closing

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a major road in north Wales has been referred to the watchdog,

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the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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The crash closed the A55 between St Asaph and St George yesterday.

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The driver of the car is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

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North Wales Police are appealing for anyone who saw the BMW

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convertible travelling from Bodelwyddan to get in touch.

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The Labour party says it has suspended a campaigner who fought

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against the decision to change a Carmarthenshire primary school

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However, Michaela Beddows has told BBC Wales she is not a member

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of Labour, something the party says she hadn't informed them

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Carmarthenshire Council voted in January to drop the English stream

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All lost pets found by councils should be checked for microchips

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so they can be returned to their owners.

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That's according to a petition which will be considered

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Currently, it is compulsory to get a dog microchipped,

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Six councils across Wales say they don't routinely

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The petition, signed by 160 people, says the microchip system can only

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be fully effective if all animals are checked

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Snooker: And it is a late finish to this year's Welsh Open.

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A short time ago, World Number Four Judd Trump edged ahead of former

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World Champion Stuart Bingham to lead eight frames to seven.

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The first to nine frames wins the title and takes home

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Live coverage continues over on BBC Two Wales.

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The first Welshman to fight in the mixed martial arts

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Ultimate Fighting Championship says his bout tonight in Canada

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Jack Marshman will take on Brazil's Thiago Santos later.

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It's his 27th professional fight, but only his second in

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the Championship after his winning on his debut.

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Time for a quick look at the weather forecast now:

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Another murky, but mild day tomorrow

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Temperatures starting from around nine Celsius first thing.

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There's more rain on the way, feeling damp, but it should

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Strong winds will pick up, especially over higher ground.

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Staying mild, highs tomorrow of around 14 Celsius in Monmouth.

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We'll have updates in Breakfast from 6:25am tomorrow morning.

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For now, from all of us on the weekend team, good night.

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Good evening. It has felt more like spring and winter this weekend. We

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had 14

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