European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Schedule 7 — Parliamentary Approval of Theoretical Regulations to Set the Exit Date — 12 Jun 2018 at 16:15
The majority of MPs voted not to ensure Parliamentary approval is required before regulations setting the date of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union are made under provisions of any element of section 14 of the Act. Provisions for requiring parliamentary approval for regulations under subsection 14(4) were already in-place and at the time of the vote no there were no other subsections under which regulations could be made so this vote appears to have been on an inconsequential matter.
MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 125
Lords amendment 125 stated:
- Page 48, line 21, leave out paragraph 10 and insert—
- “Power to appoint “exit day”
- 10 A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 14 which appoint a day as exit day may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.”
Had it not been rejected this amendment would have impacted Schedule 7 of the Bill, paragraph 10 in the version of the Bill referred to in the amendment stated:
- Power to amend the definition of “exit day”
- 10 A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 14(4) may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.
Section 14 of the Bill contained the definition of “exit day” as 29 March 2019 at 11.00 p.m. Subsection (4) began:
- A Minister of the Crown may by regulations—
- (a) amend the definition of “exit day” in subsection (1) to ensure that the day and time specified in the definition are the day and time that the Treaties are to cease to apply to the United Kingdom,
It appears likely the amendment rejected in this vote may have been intended to operate with other amendments.
Given the state of the Bill at the time of the vote the amendment rejected in this vote would be inconsequential. Had Clause 14 been amended, or if it were to be amended in the future, the amendment would have ensured Parliamentary approval was required for any regulations changing the date of withdrawal from the union made under it.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
-  Page of amendment sheet containing Lords amendment 125, Parliament.uk website, 16 May 2018
-  Schedule 7, Part 2, of the Bill as referred to by the rejected amendment
-  Section 14 of the Bill as referred to by the rejected amendment
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||310 (+2 tell)||1||0||99.1%|
|Lab||6||243 (+2 tell)||0||97.7%|
|Kenneth Clarke||Rushcliffe||Con (front bench)||no|
|Ronnie Campbell||Blyth Valley||Lab||aye|
|Frank Field||Birkenhead||whilst Lab (front bench)||aye|
|Kate Hoey||Vauxhall||Lab (minister)||aye|
|John Mann||Bassetlaw||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Graham Stringer||Blackley and Broughton||Lab (minister)||aye|