European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 7 — Rights and Protections — 12 Dec 2017 at 21:25
The majority of MPs voted to allow ministers using delegated powers intended to ensure the effectiveness of European Union law retained as United Kingdom law following the UK's withdrawal from the union to: reduce protections for individuals, groups or the natural environment; prevent any person from continuing to exercise a right that they can currently exercise; or amend, repeal or revoke the Equality Act 2010 or any subordinate legislation made under that Act.
MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 25, in clause 7, page 6, line 18, at end insert—
- “(g) remove or reduce any protections currently conferred upon individuals, groups or the natural environment,
- (h) prevent any person from continuing to exercise a right that they can currently exercise,
- (i) amend, repeal or revoke the Equality Act 2010 or any subordinate legislation made under that Act.”
Had it not been rejected the amendment would have impacted Clause 7 of the Bill sub-clause (1) of which stated:
- (1) A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate to prevent, remedy or mitigate—
- (a) any failure of retained EU law to operate effectively, or
- (b) any other deficiency in retained EU law,
- arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.
The rejected amendment sought to add an addition condition to this, adding to a list of things which such regulations would not be permitted to cover.
This rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:
- This amendment would prevent the Government’s using delegated powers under Clause 7 to reduce rights or protections.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
-  Clause 7 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill as at the time of the vote
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||303 (+2 tell)||1||0||96.8%|
|Lab||0||241 (+2 tell)||0||93.8%|
|Kenneth Clarke||Rushcliffe||whilst Con (front bench)||aye|