UK Withdrawal from the EU — Delay to Avoid Leaving Without a Withdrawal Agreement — 14 Mar 2019 at 17:00
The majority of MPs voted not to delay the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. The rejected proposal for a delay was intended to avoid leaving without a withdrawal agreement and to allow additional time for MPs to find an alternative approach a majority of them could agree on.
MPs were considering a motion stating:
- That this House:
- (1) notes the resolutions of the House of 12 and 13 March, and accordingly agrees that the Government will seek to agree with the European Union an extension of the period specified in Article 50(3);
- (2) agrees that, if the House has passed a resolution approving the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 by 20 March 2019, then the Government will seek to agree with the European Union a one-off extension of the period specified in Article 50(3) for a period ending on 30 June 2019 for the purpose of passing the necessary EU exit legislation; and
- (3) notes that, if the House has not passed a resolution approving the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 by 20 March 2019, then it is highly likely that the European Council at its meeting the following day would require a clear purpose for any extension, not least to determine its length, and that any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment (e), leave out paragraphs (2) and (3) and add:
- “(2) notes that this House has decisively rejected the Withdrawal Agreement and Framework for the Future Relationship laid before the House and the proposition that the UK should leave the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship; and
- (3) therefore instructs the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50 in order to avoid exiting the EU on 29 March without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship; and to provide parliamentary time for this House to find a majority for a different approach.”
The exit day had been set as 29 March 2019 at 11.00 p.m. by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
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)||1||0||97.8%|
|Lab||1||237 (+2 tell)||0||97.6%|
|Kenneth Clarke||Rushcliffe||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Kevin Barron||Rother Valley||Lab (minister)||no|