European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Northern Ireland — 8 Feb 2017 at 18:05
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against requiring notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership and against requiring the notification to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland.
The majority of MPs voted for notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership, and to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland and to retain the Republic of Ireland's status of not being considered a foreign country for the purposes of UK law.
MPs were considering the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
The proposed amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 86, page 1, line 5, at end insert—
- “with the exception of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and section 2 of the Ireland Act 1949, and subject to—
- (a) the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland of 10 April 1998, and
- (b) preserving acquired rights in Northern Ireland under European Union law.”
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:
- This amendment requires the power to notify withdrawal to be exercised with regard to the constitutional, institutional and rights provisions of the Belfast Agreement.
Had it not been rejected the above text would have been added to the end of clause 1 of the Bill.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17
-  Text of the Bill as at the time of the vote
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||321 (+2 tell)||1||0||98.5%|
|PC||0||2 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|
|SNP||0||53 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|
|Frank Field||Birkenhead||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kate Hoey||Vauxhall||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab (minister)||no|
|Graham Stringer||Blackley and Broughton||Lab (minister)||no|
|Gisela Stuart||Birmingham, Edgbaston||Lab (minister)||no|