European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Make Withdrawal Conditional on Statement on Negotiations to Retain UK Participation in EU Customs Union — 13 Jun 2018 at 19:43

The majority of MPs voted against making the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union conditional on a statement on how the United Kingdom's continued participation in a customs union with the European Union was sought during negotiations on the withdrawal agreement.

The requirement could be met by a statement saying no steps were taken to seek continued participation in a customs union; this was not a vote on the substance of membership, or not, of a customs union.

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

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

  • That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 2.

Lords amendment 2[2] stated:

  • (3) The condition in this subsection is that, by 31 October 2018, a Minister of the Crown has laid before both Houses of Parliament a statement outlining the steps taken in negotiations under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union to negotiate, as part of the framework for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union, an arrangement which enables the United Kingdom to continue participating in a customs union with the European Union.”

The rejected amendment sought to set a condition which would have to be met before the key operative provision of Clause 1 of the Bill[3] could take effect. Clause 1 stated:

  • "The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day."

Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 would withdraw the United Kingdom from the union as the act implemented the treaties of the European Union in United Kingdom law.

The explanatory notes to the Lords amendments to the Bill[4] stated, in respect of the rejected amendment, and the associated amendment 2:

  • Lords Amendments 1 and 2 would prevent the repeal of the European Communities Act from taking place until the Government has laid a statement before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate, as part of a framework for the UK’s future relationship with the European Union (EU), an arrangement to enable the UK to continue to participate in a customs union with the EU.

This vote followed a vote on Lords amendment 1[5], which made withdrawal conditional, Lords amendment 2, which was the subject of this vote, set out the condition.


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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
Con309 (+2 tell) 2099.1%
DUP10 00100.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent2 40100.0%
Lab5 240 (+2 tell)096.1%
LDem0 120100.0%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 33094.3%
Total:326 296097.7%

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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Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffewhilst Con (front bench)no
Anna SoubryBroxtowewhilst Conno
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadwhilst Lab (front bench)aye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)aye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabaye
Graham StringerBlackley and BroughtonLab (minister)aye

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