Nationality and Borders Bill — After Clause 37 — Immigration Rules: Entry to seek Asylum And Join Family — 20 Apr 2022 at 17:48

The majority of MPs voted against UK law allowing entry to the UK to seek asylum and against UK law enabling unaccompanied children in Europe who have a family member in the UK to seek asylum in the UK.

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 10B.

Lords amendment 10B stated:[4]

  • Insert the following new Clause—
  • Immigration Rules: entry to seek asylum and join family
  • (1) The rules laid down by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 1(4) and section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971 for regulating the entry into and stay in the United Kingdom of persons not having the right of abode must include provision for admitting persons coming for the purpose of seeking asylum.
  • (2) These rules must make provision, for the purpose of seeking asylum, for unaccompanied children in Europe who have a family member in the United Kingdom who is ordinarily and lawfully resident in the United Kingdom.
  • (3) For the purposes of this section, a “family member” means—
  • (a) a parent, including adoptive parent;
  • (b) an aunt or uncle;
  • (c) a grandparent;
  • (d) a sibling, including an adoptive sibling; or
  • (e) such other persons as the Secretary of State may determine, having regard to—
  • (i) the importance of maintaining family unity;
  • (ii) any dependency between the family members;
  • (iii) the best interests of a child; and
  • (iv) any compelling circumstances.

UK law is specified in the summary as legality can be claimed on the basis of international agreements as well as on the basis of domestic law. Referring to "The Immigration Rules" might be misleading as it may not be obvious or intuitive to the reader that these amount to the law.


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 (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alba0 1050.0%
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con303 (+2 tell) 5085.6%
DUP0 3037.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 4080.0%
Lab0 162 (+2 tell)082.0%
LDem0 11084.6%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 20100.0%
SNP0 42093.3%
Total:303 235084.4%

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

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)no
Simon HoareNorth DorsetCon (front bench)no
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamCon (front bench)no
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyConno
Andrew MitchellSutton ColdfieldConno

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