Lisbon Treaty — Remove foreign policy role of the President of the European Council — rejected — 20 Feb 2008 at 19:45

Bob Russell MP, Colchester voted with the majority (No).

The majority No voters rejected an amendment[1] to the European Union (Amendment) Bill that would have removed the foreign policy role from the new President of the European Council, as proposed by the Treaty of Lisbon. The Aye-voters suggested that the Treaty of Lisbon tended to "enlarge the powers of the European Union at the expense of member states."[2]

However, Jim Murphy MP sought to allay fears that the President of the European Council would become too powerful:[3]

  • 'He also argued that the president of the European Council would in some way be the equivalent of the President of the United States of America. That assertion does not stand up even to superficial examination. The US constitution vests executive powers in the President of the United States of America; the president of the European Council will have no such powers. The US President is the commander in chief of the US armed forces; there will be no such role for the president of the European Council. The US President can make treaties; there will be no such power for the president of the European Council. The US President can appoint Supreme Court judges and grant pardons; there will be no such power for the president of the European Council. The President of the US can veto Bills passed by Congress; there will be no legislative role for the president of the European Council.'

The amendment can be seen as an attempt to limit Britain's further integration with the European Union.

The European Union (Amendment) Bill implements the Lisbon Treaty into UK law. The main aims of the Lisbon Treaty were to[3]:

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con2 126 (+2 tell)067.4%
DUP0 3033.3%
Ind1 0020.0%
Lab278 (+2 tell) 4080.7%
LDem44 0069.8%
PC2 0066.7%
SDLP2 0066.7%
SNP2 0033.3%
Total:331 133073.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConno
John GummerSuffolk CoastalConno
Ian DavidsonGlasgow South WestLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye

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