Nationality and Borders Bill — Clause 39 — Illegal Entry and Similar Offences — 22 Mar 2022 at 16:18

The majority of MPs voted in favour of making it an offence to knowingly arrive in the United Kingdom without a valid entry clearance, if such a clearance is required.

MPs were considering the Nationality and Borders Bill.[1][2][3]

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

  • That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 13.

Lords amendment 13 stated[4]:

  • Page 40, leave out lines 5 to 9

The lines in question were in Clause 39 of the Bill[2] which was titled: Illegal entry and similar offences and provided for amendments to the Immigration Act 1971. The lines were to be added to section 24 (illegal entry and similar offences) of the Immigration Act 1971 and stated:

  • (D1) A person who—
  • (a) requires entry clearance under the immigration rules, and
  • (b) knowingly arrives in the United Kingdom without a valid entry clearance, commits an offence.

Explanatory notes to the Lords Amendment rejected in this vote state[5]:

  • The Amendment removes the proposed new arrival offence, that was to be inserted at section 24(D1) of the Immigration Act 1971, namely knowingly arriving in the UK without a valid entry clearance where this is required under the Immigration Rules.


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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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alba0 1050.0%
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con308 (+2 tell) 0085.6%
DUP6 0075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 3080.0%
Lab0 160 (+2 tell)081.0%
LDem0 130100.0%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 20100.0%
SNP0 35077.8%
Total:315 218083.6%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

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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