Trade Bill — Decline Second Reading — 9 Jan 2018 at 18:50
The majority of MPs voted to empower the government to act to implement international trade agreements.
MPs were considering the Trade Bill.
- Empowers the Government to implement obligations under the World Trade Organisation's Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).
- Empowers the Government to change the law in the UK as required to continue the effect of European Union international trade agreements on the UK's withdrawal from the union.
- Establishes a Trade Remedies Authority and framework.
- Provides for powers for HM Revenue & Customs to collect information on exports, and powers allowing HM Revenue & Customs, and those working on their behalf, to share data relating to trade.
The motion being debated was:
- That the Bill be now read a Second time.
the amendment to the motion rejected in this vote was:
- to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add:
- “this House
- recognises that on leaving the European Union, whether or not the UK concludes a new long-term customs union with the EU, it will need effective legislation to implement agreements with partner countries corresponding to international trade agreements of the European Union in place before the UK’s exit, to implement procurement obligations arising from the UK becoming a member of the Government Procurement Agreement in its own right, to establish a Trade Remedies Authority to deliver the new UK trade remedies framework, and to establish powers for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to collect and disclose data on exporters, but
- declines to give a Second Reading to the Trade Bill because it fails to set out proper procedures for Parliamentary consultation, scrutiny, debate and approval of future international trade agreements, fails to protect the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty in the implementation of those trade agreements previously negotiated by the European Union and in respect of changes to existing government procurement regulations arising from the UK’s or other countries’ accession to the Government Procurement Agreement, fails to establish sufficient scrutiny procedures to replace those that have pertained while the UK has been a member of the European Union, fails to guarantee that European Union standards and rights will be protected in future trade agreements, and fails to render the Trade Remedies Authority answerable to Parliament or representative of the full range of stakeholders.”
-  Parliament's webpage on the Trade Bill
-  Overview of the Trade Bill from the Explanatory Notes to the bill, 10 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||303 (+2 tell)||0||0||96.2%|
|Lab||0||231 (+2 tell)||0||89.3%|