European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 58 — Mechanisms for Amendment of Retained EU Law — 15 Nov 2017 at 18:15
The majority of MPs voted against restrictions on the mechanisms via which ministers can amend European Union law retained as UK law on the UK's withdrawal from the union.
MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Retaining Enhanced Protection (No. 2) and stated:
- Regulations provided for by Acts of Parliament other than this Act may not be used by Ministers of the Crown to amend, repeal or modify retained EU law in the following areas—
- (a) employment entitlement, rights and protection;
- (b) equality entitlements, rights and protection;
- (c) health and safety entitlement, rights and protection;
- (d) consumer standards; and
- (e) environmental standards and protection.
This rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory note:
- This new clause would ensure that after exit day, EU-derived employment rights, environmental protection, standards of equalities, health and safety standards and consumer standards can only be amended by primary legislation or subordinate legislation made under this Act.
During the debate Matthew Pennycook MP spoke to explain the intent of the new clause saying:
- The purpose of new clause 58 is straightforward. It is to ensure that retained EU law, as preserved in clauses 2 to 4, in five key areas—employment, equality, health and safety, consumer and environment—is accorded a level of enhanced protection that it would otherwise not enjoy from delegated powers contained in Acts of Parliament other than the one before us today.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
-  Matthew Pennycook MP, (Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich), House of Commons, 15 November 2017
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||302 (+2 tell)||1||0||96.2%|
|Lab||0||245 (+2 tell)||0||94.6%|
|Kenneth Clarke||Rushcliffe||Con (front bench)||aye|