EU Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes — Motion (D) — Retain Freedom of Movement of People and Goods via European Free Trade Association Membership — 27 Mar 2019 at 22:56

The majority of MPs voted against the United Kingdom joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (with comprehensive customs arrangement with the European Union). The rejected proposal would have enabled continued participation in the single market comprising EFTA members (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and the European Union. Membership would have provided for free movement of goods, services, persons and capital among members.

The majority of MPs also voted against full and fair enforcement of the rule that European Economic Area migrants must be “genuinely seeking work” and have “sufficient resources not to become a burden on the UK’s social assistance system”.

EFTA is the intergovernmental organisation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, it promotes of free trade and economic integration between its members[1]. The EFTA's Agreement on the European Economic Area brings its members and the European Union into a single market.[2]

The motion rejected by a majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That this House—
  • (1) directs Her Majesty’s Government to—
  • renegotiate the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 11 March 2019 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’ to provide that, on the conclusion of the Implementation Period and no later than 31 December 2020, the United Kingdom shall—
  • (a) accede to the European Free Trade Association (Efta) having negotiated a derogation from Article 56(3) of the Efta Agreement to allow UK participation in a comprehensive customs arrangement with the European Union,
  • (b) enter the Efta Pillar of the European Economic Area and thereby render operational the United Kingdom’s continuing status as a party to the European Economic Area Agreement and continuing participation in the Single Market,
  • (c) enter a comprehensive customs arrangement including a common external tariff at least until alternative arrangements that maintain frictionless trade with the European Union and no hard border on the island of Ireland have been agreed with the European Union,
  • (d) conclude an agreement with the European Union, which in accordance with Article 2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland of the Withdrawal Agreement supersedes the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in full;
  • (e) develop and bring to this House proposals for full and fair enforcement of the rule that EEA migrants must be “genuinely seeking work” and have “sufficient resources not to become a burden on the UK’s social assistance system”, in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006;
  • (2) resolves to make support for the forthcoming European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill conditional upon the inclusion of provisions for a Political Declaration revised in accordance with the provisions of this motion to be the legally binding negotiating mandate for Her Majesty’s Government in the forthcoming negotiation of the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union
  • [1] The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) website
  • [2] https://www.efta.int/eea/eea-agreement, The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) website

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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
Con225 37083.4%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent14 4085.7%
Lab42 143075.5%
LDem1 1018.2%
PC0 40100.0%
Total:283 189079.2%

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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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Bim AfolamiHitchin and HarpendenCon (front bench)aye
Richard BenyonNewburywhilst Con (front bench)aye
Nicholas BolesGrantham and Stamfordwhilst Conaye
Steve BrineWinchesterwhilst Conaye
Alistair BurtNorth East Bedfordshirewhilst Conaye
James CartlidgeSouth SuffolkConaye
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffewhilst Con (front bench)aye
Damian CollinsFolkestone and HytheCon (front bench)aye
Alberto CostaSouth LeicestershireConaye
Stephen CrabbPreseli PembrokeshireCon (front bench)aye
Jonathan DjanoglyHuntingdonCon (front bench)aye
George EusticeCamborne and RedruthConaye
Vicky FordChelmsfordCon (front bench)aye
George FreemanMid NorfolkConaye
Robert HalfonHarlowCon (front bench)aye
Stephen HammondWimbledonwhilst Con (front bench)aye
Richard HarringtonWatfordwhilst Conaye
Simon HartCarmarthen West and South PembrokeshireCon (front bench)aye
Nick HerbertArundel and South DownsConaye
Simon HoareNorth DorsetCon (front bench)aye
Kevin HollinrakeThirsk and MaltonCon (front bench)aye
Margot JamesStourbridgewhilst Con (front bench)aye
Jeremy LefroyStaffordCon (front bench)aye
Oliver LetwinWest Dorsetwhilst Conaye
Paul MastertonEast RenfrewshireConaye
Nicky MorganLoughboroughCon (front bench)aye
Bob NeillBromley and ChislehurstCon (front bench)aye
Mark PawseyRugbyCon (front bench)aye
John PenroseWeston-Super-MareCon (front bench)aye
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConaye
Rebecca PowTaunton DeaneCon (front bench)aye
Antoinette SandbachEddisburywhilst Con (front bench)aye
Nicholas SoamesMid Sussexwhilst Conaye
Caroline SpelmanMeridenCon (front bench)aye
John StevensonCarlisleCon (front bench)aye
David TredinnickBosworthConaye
Ed VaizeyWantagewhilst Con (front bench)aye
Rosena Allin-KhanTootingLab (minister)no
Tonia AntoniazziGowerLab (minister)no
Kevin BarronRother ValleyLab (minister)no
Ruth CadburyBrentford and IsleworthLab (minister)no
Ronnie CampbellBlyth ValleyLabno
Sarah ChampionRotherhamLab (minister)no
Ann ClwydCynon ValleyLab (minister)no
Rosie CooperWest LancashireLab (minister)no
Neil CoyleBermondsey and Old SouthwarkLab (minister)no
Emma Dent CoadKensingtonLab (minister)no
Louise EllmanLiverpool, RiversideLabno
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and LimehouseLabno
Caroline FlintDon ValleyLab (minister)no
Stephen HepburnJarrowLab (minister)no
Kate HoeyVauxhallLab (minister)no
Kevan JonesNorth DurhamLab (minister)no
Karen LeeLincolnLab (minister)no
Clive LewisNorwich SouthLab (minister)no
John MannBassetlawLab (minister)no
Rachael MaskellYork CentralLab (minister)no
Chris MathesonCity of ChesterLab (minister)no
Kerry McCarthyBristol EastLab (minister)no
Siobhain McDonaghMitcham and MordenLab (minister)no
Anna McMorrinCardiff NorthLab (minister)no
Madeleine MoonBridgendLab (minister)no
Stephen MorganPortsmouth SouthLab (minister)no
Grahame MorrisEasingtonLab (minister)no
Kate OsamorEdmontonLabno
Lloyd Russell-MoyleBrighton, KemptownLab (minister)no
Tulip SiddiqHampstead and KilburnLab (minister)no
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLabno
Ruth SmeethStoke-on-Trent NorthLab (minister)no
Laura SmithCrewe and NantwichLab (minister)no
Owen SmithPontypriddLab (minister)no
Gareth SnellStoke-on-Trent CentralLab (minister)no
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)no
Jo StevensCardiff CentralLab (minister)no
Graham StringerBlackley and BroughtonLab (minister)no
Derek TwiggHaltonLabno
Thelma WalkerColne ValleyLab (minister)no
Paul WilliamsStockton SouthLab (minister)no
Daniel ZeichnerCambridgeLab (minister)no

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