European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 7 — Conduct of Negotiations — Tax Avoidance and Evasion — Code of Conduct on Business Taxation — 8 Feb 2017 at 18:05

The majority of MPs voted not to require ministers comply with the European Union Code of Conduct on Business Taxation nor to require they consider the public interest in maintaining all existing EU tax avoidance and evasion legislation when negotiating the terms of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.

MPs were considering the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill[1].

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled Conduct of Negotiations — Anti-Tax Haven and stated

  • ‘(1) In negotiating and concluding an agreement in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, Ministers of the Crown must have regard to the public interest in maintaining all existing EU tax avoidance and evasion legislation.
  • (2) In negotiating and concluding an agreement in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, Ministers of Crown must comply with the European Union Code of Conduct on Business Taxation.”

The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:

  • This new clause sets out the Government’s commitment to observe the Code of Conduct on business taxation to prevent excessive tax competition and lays out the statutory objectives that the Government must have regard to EU tax avoidance and evasion whilst carrying out negotiations under article 50.

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Debate in Parliament |

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
Con321 (+2 tell) 0098.2%
DUP7 0087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 30100.0%
Lab5 215 (+2 tell)096.5%
LDem0 90100.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 540100.0%
UKIP1 00100.0%
UUP2 00100.0%
Total:336 288097.7%

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
Frank FieldBirkenheadLab (minister)no
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)no
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLab (minister)no
Graham StringerBlackley and BroughtonLab (minister)no
Gisela StuartBirmingham, EdgbastonLab (minister)no

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