- UK government defeated as Lords back powers to block or change EU exit deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a former banker of South Asian origin as interior minister on Monday, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal threatening her authority as she negotiates Brexit, Reuters reported
Sajid Javid, the son of immigrants from Pakistan, replaces Amber Rudd, who quit as Home Secretary after acknowledging she had â€œinadvertently misledâ€ parliament by denying the government had targets for the number of illegal migrants Britain deports.
British ministers have struggled for two weeks to explain why some descendants of the so-called â€œWindrush generationâ€, invited to Britain from its former colonies to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, were denied basic rights.
Also, Britainâ€™s House of Lords voted on Monday to give parliament powers to block or delay the final deal on the countryâ€™s departure from the European Union, defeating Prime Minister Mayâ€™s government, Reuters reported.
Lords, who sit in parliamentâ€™s upper chamber, voted 335 to 244 in favor of an amendment that could allow parliament to send Britain back to the negotiating table in Brussels or even halt the Brexit process.
The amendment is opposed by the government and can be overturned in parliamentâ€™s lower chamber, where May has a slim majority.