Lisbon Treaty — Referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union — rejected — 4 Mar 2008 at 16:27
The majority of MPs voted to reject a motion which would have allowed a provision holding a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union (EU) to be inserted into the European Union (Amendment) Bill.
The text of the rejected motion was:
- That it be an Instruction to the Committee on the European Union (Amendment) Bill that it have power to make provision in the Bill for the holding of a referendum on the United Kingdom's continued membership of the European Union.
The Liberal Democrats put forward this motion because they argued that any referendum should be on the EU as a whole rather than on individual treaties. As Adrian Sanders MP explains:
- 'How can one remain a member of a club when one has rejected its rules?'
However, the Tories and Labour thought this was a cynical tactic by the Lib Dems:
- 'He is not arguing about the great principle of staying in or leaving the European Union, because he does not want that referendum at all. This instruction is just a weasel tactic to get out of the promise that he made to the electorate at the last general election to hold a referendum on the European treaty. Nobody who shares my opinion will be fooled by this rather disgraceful tactic.'
-  Edward Davey MP, House of Commons, 4 March 2008
-  Adrian Sanders MP, House of Commons, 4 March 2008
-  Philip Davies MP, House of Commons, 4 March 2008
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|
|Lab||294 (+2 tell)||15||0||88.4%|
|LDem||0||51 (+2 tell)||0||84.1%|
|Bob Spink||Castle Point||whilst Con (front bench)||both|
|Ronnie Campbell||Blyth Valley||Lab||aye|
|Frank Cook||Stockton North||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||aye|
|Ian Davidson||Glasgow South West||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Andrew Dismore||Hendon||Lab (minister)||aye|
|David Drew||Stroud||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab (minister)||aye|
|George Howarth||Knowsley North and Sefton East||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Andrew MacKinlay||Thurrock||Lab (minister)||aye|
|David Marshall||Glasgow East||Lab (minister)||aye|
|John Martin McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||aye|
|Dennis Skinner||Bolsover||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Geraldine Smith||Morecambe and Lunesdale||Lab (minister)||aye|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab (minister)||aye|