Trade Bill — New Clause 20 — Approval of Negotiating Mandates — Devolved Administrations — International Trade Agreements — 17 Jul 2018 at 15:44
The majority of MPs voted against requiring approval of the United Kingdom's negotiating aims for international trade agreements from the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
MPs were considering the Trade Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Approval of negotiating mandates (devolved authorities) which began:
- “(1) No negotiation towards an agreement that falls within section 2(2) shall take place unless—
- (a) a draft negotiating mandate in respect of that agreement has been laid before—
- (i) a committee including representatives from each devolved authority and constituted for the purpose of considering the draft, and
- (ii) each devolved legislature,
- (b) the draft negotiating mandate has been approved by resolution of—
- (i) the committee constituted under (1)(a)(i) and
- (ii) each devolved legislature.
- (2) The committee in (1) shall be called the “Joint Ministerial Committee on Trade” (“JMCT”) and ...
Section 2(2) states:
- (2) An “international trade agreement” means—
- (a) a free trade agreement, or
- (b) an international agreement that mainly relates to trade, other than a free trade agreement.
The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:
- This new clause would ensure that any negotiating mandate is first approved by the devolved legislatures and creates a joint ministerial committee to encourage co-operation between the devolved administrations and the UK Government in drafting the negotiating mandates. It imposes a duty of co-operation on all parties in the preparation of the negotiating mandate.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Trade Bill
-  Clause 2(2) of the Trade Bill, to which the rejected new clause refers
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 (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||304 (+2 tell)||0||0||96.8%|
|SNP||0||31 (+2 tell)||0||94.3%|