European Union Referendum Bill — Clause 1 — Separation of Referendum on the UK's Membership of the EU from Other Elections — 7 Sep 2015 at 23:27

The majority of MPs voted against requiring the date of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU to not be within three months of the 5th of May.

MPs were considering the European Union Referendum Bill.[1]

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment proposed: 5, page 1, line 9, at end insert
  • “or a date within three months before or after May 5.

The amendment was accompanied by an explanatory statement saying:

  • This would ensure the referendum vote could not be held on a day three months before or after the date of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections.

Had it not been rejected the amendment would have affected Clause 1 of the Bill[2] which stated

  • (2) The Secretary of State must, by regulations, appoint the day on which the referendum is to be held.
  • (3) The day appointed under subsection (2)—
  • (a) must be no later than 31 December 2017, and
  • (b) must not be 5 May 2016.


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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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
Con310 (+2 tell) 0094.5%
DUP8 00100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 00100.0%
Lab9 045.6%
LDem0 000.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 53 (+2 tell)098.2%
UUP2 00100.0%
Total:330 60461.8%

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

Debbie AbrahamsOldham East and SaddleworthLabboth
Ian LucasWrexhamLabboth
Lucy PowellManchester CentralLabboth
Tom WatsonWest Bromwich EastLabboth

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