Boris Johnson faces showdown with Tory rebels as peers inflict third defeat over ‘genocide amendment’

Boris Johnson is facing a showdown with Conservative rebels as peers inflicted a third defeat over the so-called genocide amendment aiming to prevent trade deals with countries guilty of such crimes.

In a heavy defeat for the government, the House of Lords backed a cross-party amendment to the Trade Bill by 367 votes to 214 — majority 153 — which would allow a parliamentary panel of judicial experts to make an initial determination on whether genocide had been carried out by a signatory to an agreement.

The vote is the latest iteration of the legislative tussle between the House of Lords and Commons — known as parliamentary “ping pong”.

With original proposals to give the High Court powers to determine whether a foreign power has committed genocide rejected by the government, the crossbench peer Lord Alton put forward a fresh amendment on Tuesday.

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