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'Constitutional crisis looms' if Lords reject gay marriage plan, senior peer warns

Publié par Clifford Armion le 06/03/2013

Oliver Wright

The Government could be plunged into a “constitutional crisis” if members of the House of Lords reject plans for gay marriage this week, a senior peer has warned.
Opponents of the Same Sex Couples Bill will force peers to vote on Tuesday on a “fatal motion” to kill off the Bill before it is even considered in detail by the Lords. Should the attempt succeed, David Cameron will be placed in the contentious position of forcing through the Bill with a rare use of the Parliament Act or abandoning the current legislation altogether.
In an interview with The Independent, the Labour peer Lord Alli, a staunch supporter of the Bill, warned that tomorrow’s vote was “too close to call” and that it could trigger a crisis for the Government should the Bill fail.
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"'Constitutional crisis looms' if Lords reject gay marriage plan, senior peer warns", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2013. Consulté le 30/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/constitutional-crisis-looms-if-lords-reject-gay-marriage-plan-senior-peer-warns