Welsh churches welcome House of Lords

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A leading Welsh Christian denomination has welcomed the crushing rejection of the controversial UK Internal Market Bill by the House of Lords. In a letter to Welsh Peers prior to the vote, the Union of Welsh Independent Churches, which represents Christians meeting in 400 chapels, called it the greatest ever attack on devolution. They say that implementing the Bill would have a detrimental effect on food standards, animal welfare, the economy, and the environment in Wales. The Bill, already passed by the House of Commons, enables UK ministers to break international law and is a ‘power grab’ from devolved bodies. The Bill was condemned in a Lords amendment, passed by a thumping majority of 226 votes after a two-day debate.