European Union (Accessions) Bill — 21 May 2003 at 18:44
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
Although the Bill is slim, it is significant and important. It will do two things. First, clause 1 will enable the implementation under United Kingdom law of the accession treaty, which was signed in Athens on 16 April and extends the European Union to the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia from 1 May 2004. Secondly, from the same date, clause 2 will allow nationals of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia the same rights to work in the United Kingdom as those enjoyed by nationals of current member states and those that will be automatically enjoyed by nationals of Malta and Cyprus. However, that will be subject to a clear regulation-making power to withdraw such a concession if the need arises, as I shall discuss later in my speech.
Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time:-
The House divided: Ayes 491, Noes 0.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||126||0 (+2 tell)||0||78.5%|
|Lab||312 (+2 tell)||0||0||76.6%|
|David Maclean||Penrith and The Border||Con (front bench)||tellno|
|Patrick McLoughlin||West Derbyshire||Con (front bench)||tellno|