A petition calling for there to be a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords has reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning MPs will now debate the matter in the Commons.
The petition arose after the second chamber of the Houses of Parliament last week voted to keep the UK’s membership of the EU’s customs union on the table.
Government sources have since maintained that the UK will still be leaving the customs union after Brexit.
According to the petition, the House of Lords ‘is a place of patronage where unelected and unaccountable individuals hold a disproportionate amount of influence and power which can be used to frustrate the elected representatives of the people.’
Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the Eurosceptic European Research Group, has accused the Lords of ‘playing with fire’ regarding its vote last week, adding that they could ‘burn down their house’ if they attempt to defy the EU referendum vote.
Whilst Mr. Rees-Mogg made it clear he believed it would be a ‘shame’ if this were to happen, others have been far more enthusiastic at the prospect of an abolished House of Lords.
Indeed, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has claimed:
‘Time to close the House of Lords down and kick [former Prime Minister David] Cameron and [Tony] Blair’s mates out.’
The debate shall soon be brought to the House of Commons.