European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Powers of Devolved Administrations — 12 Jun 2018 at 19:15
The majority of MPs voted in favour of giving more powers to the devolved administrations than the European Union (Withdrawal) originally provided for and to set restrictions and scrutiny procedures applying to the use of those powers.
MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House agrees with Lords amendments 15 to 17, 26 to 31, 46, 48 to 50, 54 to 101, 108, 109, 111, 114, 120, 129, 135, 141, 149, 151, 153, 155, 162, 165, 169 and 173 to 196.
The accepted amendments included provisions to:
- prevent ministers using the powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill to amend or repeal the Scotland Act 1998, Northern Ireland Act 1998 or the Government of Wales Act 2006 other than in certain, limited, circumstances.
- remove the general limit on devolved legislative competence to modify retained EU law, and introduce powers to apply time-limited restrictions in specific areas.
- to commence on Royal Assent provisions that give the Bill the status of ‘protected enactment’ in the devolution statutes, and to commence other elements of the Bill at that time too including reporting duties on UK Ministers in relation to the exercise of the new powers, and transitional provisions.
- make various changes to the powers of the devolved administrations in relation to withdrawal, including preventing them from establishing public authorities and removing their ability to make regulations to comply with international obligations.
- to set out scrutiny procedures for regulations to be made by ministers in the devolved administrations.
During the debate prior to the vote David Lidington MP (Conservative, Aylesbury), explained the intent of the changes to the proposed devolution arrangements relating to the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union:
- by default, all decision-making powers returning from the EU that intersect with devolved competence will pass directly to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast unless we take explicit steps to preserve temporarily an existing EU framework.
-  Parliament's webpage on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
-  Explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Bill
-  David Lidington MP (Conservative, Aylesbury), House of Commons, Official Record, 12 June 2018
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||309 (+2 tell)||0||0||98.1%|
|SNP||0||33 (+2 tell)||0||100.0%|