European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Seek Participation in European Economic Area via EU Withdrawal Agreement Negotiations — 13 Jun 2018 at 19:43

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, an international agreement which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area.

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 this House disagrees with Lords amendment 51

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).”

The explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Bill[4] stated, in respect of the 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 amendment relates to Clause 19 of the Bill[5] 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[6], 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.

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Debate in Parliament |

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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con299 (+2 tell) 3095.9%
DUP10 00100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 2066.7%
Lab16 74 (+1 tell)035.1%
LDem0 11091.7%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 32 (+1 tell)094.3%
Total:325 127071.1%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeCon (front bench)no
Dominic GrieveBeaconsfieldCon (front bench)no
Anna SoubryBroxtoweConno
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)aye
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLab (minister)aye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLab (minister)aye
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLabaye
Caroline FlintDon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Mike HillHartlepoolLab (minister)aye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLab (minister)aye
Kevan JonesNorth DurhamLab (minister)aye
John MannBassetlawLab (minister)aye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabaye
Laura SmithCrewe and NantwichLab (minister)aye
Gareth SnellStoke-on-Trent CentralLab (minister)aye
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)aye
Graham StringerBlackley and BroughtonLab (minister)aye

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