European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 25 — Amendment of Retained European Union Law — 15 Nov 2017 at 18:15

The majority of MPs voted against additional scrutiny of changes to EU law retained as UK law on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and against limiting any changes to those with no detrimental impact on the UK environment.

MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill[1].

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Treatment of retained law and stated:

  • “(1) Following the commencement of this Act, no modification may be made to retained EU law save by primary legislation, or by subordinate legislation made under this Act.
  • (2) By regulation, the Minister may establish a Schedule listing technical provisions of retained EU law that may be amended by subordinate legislation.
  • (3) Regulations made under subsection (2) will be subject to an enhanced scrutiny procedure including consultation with the public and relevant stakeholders.
  • (4) Regulations may only be made under subsection (2) to the extent that they will have no detrimental impact on the UK environment.
  • (5) Delegated powers may only be used to modify provisions of retained EU law listed in any Schedule made under subsection (2) to the extent that such modification will not limit the scope or weaken standards of environmental protection.”

The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:

  • This new clause provides a mechanism for Ministers to establish a list of technical provisions of retained EU law that may be amended by subordinate legislation outside of the time restrictions of the Bill.

A speech was made by the proposer of the rejected new clause Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour, Bristol East) introducing it during debate[2].


Debate in Parliament |

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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
Con299 (+2 tell) 1095.6%
DUP10 00100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1025.0%
Lab0 241 (+1 tell)093.1%
LDem0 120100.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 34 (+1 tell)0100.0%
Total:309 294094.5%

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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Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffewhilst Con (front bench)aye

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