European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 4 — Take Views of Devolved Administrations into Account in Negotiations — 6 Feb 2017 at 23:45
The majority of MPs voted against requiring the United Kingdom Government to take into account the views of representatives of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations when negotiating and concluding any agreements with the European Commission relating to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.
MPs were considering the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) and stated:
- “(1) In negotiating and concluding any agreements in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, Ministers of the Crown must consult, and take into account the views of, a Joint Ministerial Committee at intervals of no less than two months and before signing any agreements with the European Commission.
- (2) In the course of consulting under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must seek to reach a consensus with the devolved administrations on—
- (a) the terms of withdrawal from the European Union, and
- (b) the framework for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union.
- (3) Subject to subsection (4) The Joint Ministerial Committee shall consist of—
- (a) the Prime Minister,
- (b) Ministers of the Crown,
- (c) the First Minister of Scotland and a further representative of the Scottish Government,
- (d) the First Minister of Wales and a further representative of the Welsh Government, and
- (e) the First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and a further representative of the Northern Ireland Executive.
- (4) The Prime Minister may, for the purposes of this Act, determine that the Joint Ministerial Committee shall consist of representatives of the governing authorities of the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- (5) The Joint Ministerial Committee shall produce a communique after each meeting."
The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory note:
- This new clause would place the role of the Joint Ministerial Committee during Brexit negotiations on a statutory footing.
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||319 (+2 tell)||0||0||97.6%|
|Lab||2||204 (+2 tell)||0||90.4%|
|Ronnie Campbell||Blyth Valley||Lab||no|
|Gisela Stuart||Birmingham, Edgbaston||Lab (minister)||no|