A bombshell just got dropped, on the BBC’s Daily Politics: Because the Tory Government wants to change the regulations on eligibility for Personal Independence Payment*, the House of Lords could kill the plan by passing what’s known as a “fatal motion”.

The aim is to present the change as a “negative” statutory instrument (SI). A statutory instrument under the negative procedure will automatically become law without debate unless there is an objection from either House.

Such an objection would happen if a peer tabled a “prayer” motion against the negative SI. Under the standard negative procedure, the SI is annulled if the prayer motion is agreed by the House of Lords within 40 days of the SI being laid.

That will put the cat among the pigeons, won’t it?

If the Lords support a fatal motion, then it is likely the Tory Government will have to reassess its spending commitments – and with Philip Hammond set to announce his budget in only nine days’ time.

What will he do? I don’t know. But you can expect skulduggery, because he’s a Tory.

*In order to save money, rather than for valid health reasons.

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