European Union (Withdrawal) Act — Withdrawal Agreement — Right for the UK to Unilaterally Terminate the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland — 15 Jan 2019 at 19:00

The majority of MPs voted not to amend the agreement with the European Union on the United Kindom's withdrawal from the union to allow the United Kingdom to unilaterially terminate the arrangements, including a single customs territory, designed to both prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and retain the United Kingdom's integrity.

The withdrawal agremment contained a "protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland". The protocol sought to prevent a hard-border on the island of Ireland and provides for a "single customs territory" encompassing the United Kingdom and the European Union, covering therefore both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Article 7 of the protocol provides for protections for the United Kingdom's internal market and begins by stating:

  • Nothing in this Protocol shall prevent the United Kingdom from ensuring unfettered market access for goods moving from Northern Ireland to the rest of the United Kingdom's internal market.

The provisions intended to preserve the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom, while preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland are known as the "backstop".[1]

MPs were debating a motion stating:

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

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 (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con282 (+2 tell) 23 (+2 tell)097.5%
DUP10 00100.0%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent6 1087.5%
Lab251 0098.0%
LDem11 00100.0%
PC4 00100.0%
SNP35 00100.0%
Total:600 24097.8%

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
Adam AfriyieWindsorConaye
David AmessSouthend WestCon (front bench)aye
John BaronBasildon and BillericayConaye
Bob BlackmanHarrow EastCon (front bench)aye
Graham BradyAltrincham and Sale WestCon (front bench)aye
Chris DaviesBrecon and RadnorshireCon (front bench)aye
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)tellaye
Greg HandsChelsea and FulhamConaye
Simon HartCarmarthen West and South PembrokeshireCon (front bench)aye
John HayesSouth Holland and The DeepingsConaye
Gordon HendersonSittingbourne and SheppeyConaye
Dr Caroline JohnsonSleaford and North HykehamCon (front bench)aye
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)aye
Ian Liddell-GraingerBridgwater and West SomersetCon (front bench)aye
Stephen MetcalfeSouth Basildon and East ThurrockCon (front bench)aye
Andrew MurrisonSouth West WiltshireCon (front bench)aye
Neil ParishTiverton and HonitonCon (front bench)aye
Mike PenningHemel HempsteadContellaye
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConaye
Andrew RosindellRomfordCon (front bench)aye
Julian SturdyYork OuterCon (front bench)aye
Martin VickersCleethorpesCon (front bench)aye
Giles WatlingClactonCon (front bench)aye
Bill WigginNorth HerefordshireCon (front bench)aye
Mike WoodDudley SouthConaye

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