United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — Decline Second Reading — 14 Sep 2020 at 21:48

The majority of MPs voted in favour of the free movement, and sale, of goods, and mutual recognition of professional qualifications, within the United Kingdom; and voted not to call on the Government to expedite a trade deal with the European Union.

MPs were considering the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill[1].

The motion being debated by MPs was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time

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

  • to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add:
  • this House
  • notes that the UK has left the EU;
  • calls on the Government to get on with negotiating a trade deal with the EU;
  • recognises that legislation is required to ensure the smooth, effective working of the internal market across the UK; but
  • declines to give a Second Reading to the Internal Market Bill because this Bill undermines the Withdrawal Agreement already agreed by Parliament, re-opens discussion about the Northern Ireland Protocol that has already been settled, breaches international law, undermines the devolution settlements and would tarnish the UK’s global reputation as a law-abiding nation and the UK’s ability to enforce other international trade deals and protect jobs and the economy.”

The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill[1][2]:

  • generally provides that goods produced in, or imported from outside the United Kingdom into, one part of the United Kingdom, and which can be legally sold there, are able to be sold in any other part of the United Kingdom.
  • retains powers for devolved administrations to regulate goods produced in, or imported from outside the United Kingdom into, their part of the United Kingdom.
  • generally prohibits different treatment of local goods vs those from other parts of the United Kingdom
  • prohibits new checks on goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Expressly makes clear that provisions relating to Northern Ireland have effect notwithstanding any relevant international or domestic law with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent
  • provides for consistent recognition of professional qualifications across the United Kingdom
  • [1] Parliament's webpage on the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Parliament.uk
  • [2] Explanatory notes to the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Parliament.uk website

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
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con339 (+2 tell) 0194.0%
DUP7 0087.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 10100.0%
Lab0 195 (+2 tell)097.5%
LDem0 110100.0%
PC0 30100.0%
Total:347 212195.3%

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
Andrew PercyBrigg and GooleConboth

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