United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — After Clause 1 — Common Frameworks Process — 7 Dec 2020 at 20:45
The majority of MPs voted not to prioritise rules agreed by the four nations of the United Kingdom via the "common frameworks process" over the "market access principles" intended to ensure a free internal market within the United Kingdom provided for in the Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 1.
Lords amendment 1 stated:
- Insert the following new Clause—
- “Common frameworks process
- (1) The United Kingdom market access principles shall not apply to any statutory provision or requirement that gives effect to a decision to diverge from harmonised rules that has been agreed through the common frameworks process.
- (2) No regulations may be made by a Minister of the Crown with regard to a matter that is under consideration under the common frameworks process while that process in relation to that matter is still in progress.
- (3) The “common frameworks process” is a means, established by the Joint Ministerial Committee on European Negotiations, by which a measure of regulatory consistency to enable a functioning internal market within the United Kingdom may be mutually agreed between the United Kingdom and devolved governments.”
Part 1 of the Bill sought to promote the continued functioning of the internal market for goods in the United Kingdom by establishing "United Kingdom market access principles". The Bill sets out those principles as:
- * The mutual recognition principle for goods - ensuring goods produced in or imported into, one part of the United Kingdom, and which can be lawfully sold there, can be sold in any other part of the United Kingdom.
- * The non-discrimination principle for goods - preventing discrimination against goods from other parts of the United Kingdom.
-  Parliament's webpage on the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill
-  Explanatory notes to the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, 9 September 2020, Parliament.uk
-  Lords amendments to the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, 2 December 2020, Parliament.uk
-  United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, as introduced to the House of Lords, 30 September 2020, Parliament.uk
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 (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||349 (+2 tell)||1||0||96.7%|
|Lab||0||193 (+2 tell)||0||97.5%|
|Stephen McPartland||Stevenage||Con (front bench)||no|