The Bill will now be returned to the House of Commons for further debate on Wednesday 20th April. Until the House of Lords and House of Commons can agree on the final wording of the Bill, it cannot pass into law and will continue to be passed between the Chambers in a process known as ‘ping pong’.
Due to a lack of time remaining before Parliament is prorogued at the end of this month, the government could be forced to make compromises in order to get the Bill passed in time. The usual convention is that the Lords would allow a Bill to pass if MPs make it clear that they do not support the amendments from the House of Lords. The Nationality and Borders Bill, however, is not a conventional Bill. So far, the Lords have stuck to their demands and we urge them to continue to stand firm.
There are still various actions that you can take, including writing to your MP before the Bill returns to the House of Commons to tell them that you oppose the Bill in its unamended form. Have a look at our ‘One Last Push’ campaign for how to write to your MP (including a written template) and for ideas about what else you can do next.
By Eliska Holland, Advocacy Volunteer