Trade Bill — Clause 2 — International Free Trade Agreements — Consultation Prior to Consideration by Parliament — 17 Jul 2018 at 15:44
The majority of MPs voted to require consultation on proposed international free trade agreements before their consideration by Parliament.
MPs were considering the Trade Bill.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment: 19, page 2, line 40, at end insert—
- “(a) No regulations may be made under subsection (1) in respect of a free trade agreement unless the text of that agreement has been subject to consultation prior to its ratification by Parliament, in line with any guidance or code of practice on consultations issued by Her Majesty’s Government.
- (b) A consultation under paragraph (a) shall actively seek the views of—
- (i) Scottish Ministers,
- (ii) Welsh Ministers,
- (iii) a Northern Ireland department,
- (iv) representatives of businesses and trade unions in sectors which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, are likely to be affected by the proposed free trade agreement, and
- (v) any other person or organisation which appears to the Secretary of State to be representative of interests affected by the proposed free trade agreement, including local authorities.”
Had it not been rejected the amendment would have impacted Clause 2 of the Bill which was titled: Implementation of international trade agreements.
The rejected amendment was accompanied by the following explanatory statement:
- This amendment would require the Government to have published the text of each UK free trade agreement and opened it to consultation with business, trade unions, the devolved administrations and other parties prior to its ratification.
The requirement for publication is not explicit in the rejected amendment, but may be a requirement of guidance on consultations.
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%|
|Lab||0||230 (+2 tell)||0||89.9%|