European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 19 — Seek Full Access to European Union Internal Market via Withdrawal Agreement Negotiations — 13 Jun 2018 at 19:15

The majority of MPs voted against making the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union conditional on seeking, as an objective for the United Kingdom's negotiation of the withdrawal agreement, full access to the internal market of the European Union, underpinned by shared institutions and regulations, with no new impediments to trade and common rights, standards and protections as a minimum; rather than merely European Economic Area membership.

The European Economic Area is the area, set up by the EEA agreement[1], in which there is free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the European Single Market. Membership of the EEA is open to members of either the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association, the latter being comprised, at the time of writing, of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

MPs were considering the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill[2].

The motion rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That amendment (a) to Lords amendment 51 be made.

Lords amendment 51[3] stated:

  • Page 15, line 21, at end insert—
  • “(2B) But none of the remaining provisions may come into force until it is a negotiating objective of the Government to ensure that an international agreement has been made which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area after exit day.
  • (2C) Regulations under this Act may not repeal or amend subsection (2B).”

amendment (a) to that amendment[4] stated:

  • Line 3, leave out “an international agreement has been made which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area after exit day” and insert “the United Kingdom has full access to the internal market of the European Union, underpinned by shared institutions and regulations, with no new impediments to trade and common rights, standards and protections as a minimum.”

The explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Bill[5] stated, in respect of the original amendment:

  • Lords Amendment 51 would prevent the Minister from commencing aspects of the Bill until it is a negotiating objective of the Government to ensure that an international agreement has been made which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area after exit day.

The amendments relate to Clause 19 of the Bill[6] which provided for certain sections of the Bill to come into force as soon as it became an Act, and empowered ministers to set the commencement data of other provisions, including the key operative Clause 1[7], which would withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union by repealing the European Communities Act 1972 which implemented the treaties of the European Union in United Kingdom law.

This vote is not taken into account for the "For the UK to Remain a Member of the EU" policy on the grounds withdrawal would be conditional on either of the options which were being chosen between in this vote.

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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
Con312 (+2 tell) 0099.1%
DUP10 00100.0%
Independent0 30100.0%
Lab0 237 (+2 tell)092.3%
LDem0 000.0%
Total:322 240094.2%

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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