European Union Bill — Minister Empowered to Determine Referendum on Increased EU Powers and Competences Not Required — 13 Jul 2011 at 18:44

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The majority of members of the House of Lords voted against allowing a Minister to decide a decision to increase the powers and competencies of the EU is not of major economic and constitutional significance and so does not warrant a referendum. This applies only to decisions made under the principle treaties of the European Union and not to amendments to the treaties themselves.

Members of the House of Lords were considering the European Union Bill[1]. The motion rejected in this vote was:

  • Motion B1
  • As an amendment to Motion B, at end insert "but do propose Amendment 13B in lieu"
  • 13B: Clause 6, page 5, line 49, at end insert-
  • ( ) Where this section requires that the referendum condition is met before a decision is approved, the referendum condition will only be mandatory where a Minister of the Crown lays before Parliament a statement indicating that in the Minister's opinion the issue in question is of major economic and constitutional significance."

Motion B[2] which was being amended, stated:

  • That this House do not insist on its Amendments 6 to 13 to which the Commons have disagreed for their Reason 13A

Reason 13A was given as:

  • Because the decisions concerned would involve an increase in the competences or powers of the European Union in relation to the United Kingdom and should therefore require approval by referendum as well as by Act.


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 is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop1 04.2%
Con153 (+1 tell) 369.2%
Crossbench17 3426.4%
DUP2 050.0%
Independent Labour1 0100.0%
Lab0 160 (+2 tell)64.3%
LDem63 (+1 tell) 1074.7%
Other0 125.0%
UKIP1 050.0%
UUP4 0100.0%
Total:242 20856.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords 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 lord who could have voted in this division

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Brittan of SpennithorneConaye
Deben Conaye
Garel-Jones Conaye
Aberdare Crossbenchno
Bew Crossbenchno
Craigavon Crossbenchno
Dear Crossbenchno
Greenway Crossbenchno
Kakkar Crossbenchno
Kilclooney Crossbenchno
Masham of IltonCrossbenchno
Neill of BladenCrossbenchno
Patel Crossbenchno
Powell of BayswaterCrossbenchno
Ramsbotham Crossbenchno
Rana Crossbenchno
Rowe-Beddoe Crossbenchno
Scott of FoscoteCrossbenchno
Slim Crossbenchno
Thomas of SwynnertonCrossbenchno
Dykes LDemaye
Goodhart LDemaye
Lester of Herne HillLDemaye
Maclennan of RogartLDemaye
Oakeshott of Seagrove BayLDemaye
Rodgers of Quarry BankLDemaye
Steel of AikwoodLDemaye
Taverne LDemaye
Tonge LDemaye
Williams of CrosbyLDemaye

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