Peer pressure as Parliament comes apart at the seams: HENRY DEEDES sees jeers and boos in the Lords as they battle it out over a bill stopping No Deal | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Peer pressure as Parliament comes apart at the seams: HENRY DEEDES sees jeers and boos in the Lords as they battle it out over a bill stopping No Deal

Quirky thing the British constitution. It is a creaking system of laws and provisions, cobbled together over hundreds of years of precedent.

Doubtless many of its statutes, to the naked eye, appear rather archaic. But tinker with it at your peril. Start chipping away and over time the damage becomes very hard to stop. Pretty soon, people begin to wonder why we bother with procedure at all. Herein lies the route to anarchy.

This was the argument put forward by peers in the House of Lords yesterday in a bid to thwart a bill passing through the upper chamber stopping us leaving the EU without a deal.

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