European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 8 — International Obligations — Rights and Protections — 13 Dec 2017 at 21:13
John Baron MP, Basildon and Billericay voted to allow minsters to reduce rights or protections in the interests of fulfilling international obligations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
The majority of MPs voted to prevent ministers using delegated powers intended to enable the prevention or remedy of any breach of international obligations as a result of withdrawal from the European Union to: reduce protections for individuals, groups or the natural environment; to prevent any person from continuing to exercise a right that they can currently exercise or to amend, repeal or revoke the Equality Act 2010 or any subordinate legislation made under that Act.
MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 26, page 6, line 38, at end insert—
- “(e) remove or reduce any protections currently conferred upon individuals, groups or the natural environment,
- (f) prevent any person from continuing to exercise a right that they can currently exercise,
- (g) amend, repeal or revoke the Equality Act 2010 or any subordinate legislation made under that Act.”
Clause 8 of the Bill began:
- "A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate to prevent or remedy any breach, arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, of the international obligations of the United Kingdom.
The clause included a number of exceptions to that power, and the rejected amendment sought to add further exemptions.
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory notice:
- This amendment would prevent the Government’s using delegated powers under Clause 8 to reduce rights or protections.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
-  Clause 8 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill as at the time of the vote
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||305 (+2 tell)||0||0||96.8%|
|Lab||0||242 (+2 tell)||0||93.1%|