European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 67 — European Union Treaty — Human Health and Environmental Protection Principles — 15 Nov 2017 at 22:15

The majority of MPs voted against continuing to apply principle on protecting human health and the environment contained in Article 191 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union after the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the union.

The principles in question are:

  • preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment,
  • protecting human health,
  • prudent and rational utilisation of natural resources,
  • promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or worldwide environmental problems, and in particular combating climate change.

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

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Environmental protection: principles under Article 191 of TFEU and stated:

  • ‘(1) Principles contained in Article 191 of TFEU in relation to environmental protection and listed in subsection (2) shall continue to be recognised and applied on and after exit day.
  • (2) The principles are—
  • (a) the precautionary principle as it relates to the environment,
  • (b) the principle that preventive action should be taken to avert environmental damage,
  • (c) the principle that environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source, and
  • (d) the principle that the polluter should pay.’—(Matthew Pennycook.)

This rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:

  • This new clause would ensure that environmental principles under Article 191 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union would continue to apply in the UK after exit day.


Debate in Parliament |

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
Con304 (+2 tell) 0096.8%
DUP9 0090.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1025.0%
Lab0 243 (+2 tell)094.2%
LDem0 120100.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 350100.0%
Total:313 296095.5%

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