Lisbon Treaty — Referendum — rejected — 5 Mar 2008 at 18:30

Stuart Bell MP, Middlesbrough voted against requiring a referendum before the UK ratified the Treaty of Lisbon, a foundation of the European Union.

The majority of MPs voted against making it necessary to hold a referendum before the Treaty of Lisbon could be inserted into the list of EU treaties in force.[1][2]

The technical process for ratifying the Treaty (which could have been conditional on the referendum) is its mention in the European Union (Amendment) Bill[3]. The Treaty of Lisbon[4][5] would be incorporated into United Kingdom law by inserting it into the list of treaties covered by the European Communities Act 1972,[6] which is the foundation stone of Britain's membership of the EU.

Owing to a 3-line whipped no-vote by their leader, all Liberal Democrat MPs who voted in this division were considered to have rebelled, and those who were front bench spokesmen had to resign from their positions.[7]

The main aims of the Lisbon Treaty were to[8]:


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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
Con3 186 (+2 tell)099.0%
DUP0 6066.7%
Ind0 4080.0%
Lab308 (+2 tell) 28096.0%
LDem0 13020.6%
PC0 30100.0%
Res0 10100.0%
SNP0 60100.0%
UUP0 10100.0%
Total:311 248088.9%

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

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Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConno
David CurrySkipton and RiponConno
John GummerSuffolk CoastalConno
Colin BurgonElmetLabaye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Frank CookStockton NorthLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
John CummingsEasingtonLabaye
Ian DavidsonGlasgow South WestLabaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLabaye
Roger GodsiffBirmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Lindsay HoyleChorleyLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
David MarshallGlasgow EastLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Austin MitchellGreat GrimsbyLabaye
Anne MoffatEast LothianLabaye
George MudieLeeds EastLabaye
Denis MurphyWansbeckLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabaye
Graham StringerManchester, BlackleyLabaye
Gisela StuartBirmingham, EdgbastonLabaye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabaye
Paul TruswellPudseyLabaye
Mike WoodBatley and SpenLabaye

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