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  •  AFAIU they can not pass it. (2+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, commonmass

    Then it would be up to the House of Commons to invoke the 'Parliament Act', vote on the legislation a 2nd time the next year, and effectively override the House of Lords.

    •  Wikipedia (3+ / 0-)
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      The Parliament Act 1911 (1 & 2 Geo. 5. c. 13) asserted the supremacy of the House of Commons by limiting the legislation-blocking powers of the House of Lords (the suspensory veto). Provided the provisions of the Act are met, legislation can be passed without the approval of the House of Lords.

      Additionally, the 1911 Act amended the Septennial Act to reduce the maximum life of a Parliament from seven years to five years. The Parliament Act 1911 was amended by the Parliament Act 1949 (12, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c. 103), which further limited the power of the Lords by reducing the time that they could delay bills, from two years to one

      •  Hope they don't have to invoke that (2+ / 0-)
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        jpmassar, commonmass

        It sounds like the British equivalent of overriding a veto.  You know how congressmen and Senators may vote for the iniotial legislation but be hesitant to override a veto? I worry some in Commons may similarly be hesitant.

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        by TLS66 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:32:45 AM PST

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        •  It passed overwhelmingly in the House of Commons. (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't think that would be much of a problem.   There could be procedural issues, though which might keep delaying things.

        •  Not function of Lords (3+ / 0-)
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          commonmass, jpmassar, sfbob

          The Lords is not an elected chamber (about 90 hereditary peers remain and these are elected by their peers) but are mostly life peers appointed appointed by the political parties or independents there because of their experience or knowledge.

          It function is a "revising chamber" where legislation can be examined in greater detail than the Commons has time for even with its Committee system.

          The Scottish Parliament (and the Welsh and NI Assemblies) are unicameral so the legislation for Scotland should pass more quickly as it has cross-party support.

          "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

          by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:41:15 AM PST

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