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

Lord Mandelson voted to allow 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.

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.

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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%
DUP2 050.0%
Ind Lab1 0100.0%
Lab0 160 (+2 tell)64.3%
LDem63 (+1 tell) 1074.7%
Other0 125.0%
UKIP1 050.0%
UUP4 0100.0%
Crossbench17 3325.9%
Total:242 20755.9%

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

Sort by: Name | Party | Vote

NamePartyVote
Lord Brittan of SpennithorneConaye
Lord Deben Conaye
Lord Garel-Jones Conaye
Lord Dykes LDemaye
Lord Goodhart LDemaye
Lord Lester of Herne HillLDemaye
Lord Maclennan of RogartLDemaye
Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayLDemaye
Lord Rodgers of Quarry BankLDemaye
Lord Steel of AikwoodLDemaye
Lord Taverne LDemaye
Baroness Tonge LDemaye
Baroness Williams of CrosbyLDemaye

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