Wales Bill — Clause 1 — Separation of the Legal Systems of England and Wales — 5 Jul 2016 at 14:30

The majority of MPs voted against the separation of the legal systems of England and Wales.

MPs were considering the Wales Bill.[1]

The amendment rejected in this vote began:

  • Amendment 5, page 2, leave out lines 1 to 6 and insert—

“Part 2B

  • Separation of the Legal Jurisdiction of England and Wales
  • Introductory
  • 92B New legal jurisdictions of England and of Wales
  • The legal jurisdiction of England and Wales becomes two separate legal jurisdictions, that of England and that of Wales.


The amendment went on to cover the "Separation of the law" and the "Separation of the Senior Courts".

An explanatory note accompanying the rejected amendment stated:

  • This amendment replaces the Bill’s proposed recognition of Welsh law with provisions to separate the legal jurisdictions of England and of Wales, as drafted by the Welsh Government.

The text in the Bill which the rejected amendment sought to replace was within Clause 1[2] and stated:

  • 92B Recognition of Welsh law
  • (1) There is a body of Welsh law made by the Assembly and the Welsh Ministers.
  • (2) The purpose of this section is, with due regard to the other provisions of this Act, to recognise the ability of the Assembly and the Welsh Ministers to make law forming part of the law of England and Wales.”


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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
Con267 (+2 tell) 0081.5%
DUP2 0025.0%
Independent0 2066.7%
Lab0 000.0%
LDem0 000.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 35 (+2 tell)068.5%
UUP1 0050.0%
Total:270 41049.1%

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

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