United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — Common Frameworks Process — Market Access Principles — 10 Dec 2020 at 14:30

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.

MPs were considering the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill[1][2].

The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendments Nos. 1B, 1C and 1D.

Lords amendment 1B[3] 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 and states that its purpose is to give effect to that agreement.
  • (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 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 the devolved governments.”

Lords amendment 1C[3] stated:

  • Insert the following new Clause—
  • Common frameworks process
  • (1) The mutual recognition of authorisation requirements shall not apply to any regulatory requirement that gives effect to a decision to diverge from harmonised rules that has been agreed through the common frameworks process and states that its purpose is to give effect to that agreement.
  • (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.”

Lords amendment 1D[3] stated:

  • Page 19, line 13, at end insert—
  • “( ) Section 22(2) does not apply if the provision has been agreed through the common frameworks process and it states that its purpose is to give effect to that agreement.

Section 22 related to "Access to professions on grounds of qualifications or experience".[4]

Part 1 of the Bill[4] 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.

"The Joint Ministerial Committee was a forum of the UK and devolved governments. Its purpose was to examine matters of common interest and review the workings of devolution." It was also known as the: "Joint Ministerial Committee (European Negotiations)"[5], and appears to be the committee referred to in Lords Amendment 1C as the "Joint Committee on European Negotiations".

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Debate in Parliament |

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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con350 (+2 tell) 0096.7%
DUP6 0075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 4080.0%
Lab0 190 (+2 tell)096.0%
LDem0 110100.0%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 20100.0%
SNP0 470100.0%
Total:356 259096.4%

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
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