The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill completed its passage through the House of Lords over the last fortnight, with a handful of amendments subsequently defeated in the Commons. The Bill will now receive Royal Assent in time for the 31 January deadline.

The Lords had voted against the government on three amendments: seeking to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK, to guarantee the rights of child refugees to reunite with relatives, and to prevent Westminster legislating on areas of devolved competence without consulting the relevant administration.

Government stated this week that EU citizens not registering for settled status before the January 2021 deadline would not be automatically deported.

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