UK PM loses Lords vote over post-Brexit citizens rights
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suffered his first parliamentary defeat since the election when peers voted to give EU citizens physical proof of their right to stay after Brexit.
Members of the unelected upper House of Lords voted by 270 to 229 to amend the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which ratifies the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union on January 31.
The PM's spokesman has said the government will seek to overturn the Lords' amendments, Reuters reported.
The bill passed without hindrance through the elected lower House of Commons, where Johnson's Conservatives have a majority, but it faces more opposition among peers.
Monday's vote concerns the estimated 3.6 million EU and Swiss citizens who currently live in Britain. They must apply to stay after Brexit, and if successful are given an electronic code to present to anyone from landlords to airline staff who may demand proof of their immigration status.