European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 7 — Powers of Ministers — Functionality of Retained EU Law — 12 Dec 2017 at 21:25
The majority of MPs voted against limiting powers of ministers to act to ensure the European Union law retained as UK law operates effectively on withdrawal from the European Union to situations where it is necessary to adapt European Union law to "fit the United Kingdom’s domestic legal framework".
The difference between enabling retained EU law to "operate effectively" verses "fit the UK’s domestic legal framework" isn't clear and doesn't appear to be significant.
MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 49, in page 5, line 7, at end insert—
- “(1A) Regulations under subsection (1) may be made so far as necessary to adapt the body of EU law to fit the UK’s domestic legal framework.”
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.
This rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory note:
- This amendment would place a general provision on the face of the Bill to the effect that the delegated powers granted by the Bill should be used only so far as necessary.
The explanatory note appears to suggest a broader impact than the amendment would have had.
-  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||301 (+2 tell)||3||0||96.8%|
|Lab||0||242 (+1 tell)||0||93.8%|
|SNP||0||32 (+1 tell)||0||94.3%|
|Anna Soubry||Broxtowe||whilst Con||aye|
|Nicky Morgan||Loughborough||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Kenneth Clarke||Rushcliffe||whilst Con (front bench)||aye|