European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 7 — EU Protocol on Animal Sentience — 16 Jan 2018 at 16:00

Zac Goldsmith MP, Richmond Park voted against an obligation on Ministers of the Crown and the devolved administrations to pay regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating law and policy.

The majority of MPs voted against an obligation on Ministers of the Crown and the devolved administrations to pay regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating law and policy.

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

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: EU Protocol on animal sentience and stated:

  • “The obligation on Ministers of the Crown and the devolved administrations to pay regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating law and policy, contained within the EU Protocol on animal sentience as set out in Article 13 of Title II of the Lisbon Treaty, shall be recognised and available in domestic law on and after exit day.”

The article of the treaty in question states:

  • In formulating and implementing the Union's agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage.

At the time of the vote the treaty was due to cease to have effect as Article 50 of the consolidated (as amended) Treaty on the European Union states the "[European Union] Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question" on a state's withdrawal from the European Union" and the United Kingdom had given notice of withdrawal from the European Union under Article 50 on the 29th of March 2017.

The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:

  • This new clause transfers the EU Protocol on animal sentience set out in Article 13 of Title II of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty into UK law, so that the obligation on the Government and the devolved administrations to pay due regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating law and policy is not lost when the UK leaves the EU.

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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
Con308 (+2 tell) 0097.8%
DUP10 00100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Lab2 248095.8%
LDem0 10 (+1 tell)091.7%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 34 (+1 tell)0100.0%
Total:320 298096.9%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)no
Graham StringerBlackley and BroughtonLab (minister)no

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