Power to notify withdrawal from the EU

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:05 pm on 8th February 2017.

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Votes in this debate

  • Division number 154
  • Division number 155
  • Division number 156
  • Division number 157
    A majority of MPs voted against requiring notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership and against requiring the notification to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland.
  • Division number 158
    A majority of MPs voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union.

Amendment proposed: 29, page 1, line 3, at end insert

“after consultation with the Government of Gibraltar.”—(Mike Gapes.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 288, Noes 338.

Division number 154 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — Power to notify withdrawal from the EU

Aye: 288 MPs

No: 338 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 11, page 1, line 5, at end insert—

“(3) Before exercising the power under subsection (1), the Prime Minister must prepare and publish a report on the effect of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU on national finances, including the impact on health spending.”—(Mr Umunna.)

This amendment calls for the Government to publish a report on the effect of EU withdrawal on the national finances, particularly health spending following claims in the referendum campaign that EU withdrawal would allow an additional £350 million per week to be spent on the National Health Service.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 288, Noes 337.

Division number 155 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — Power to notify withdrawal from the EU

Aye: 288 MPs

No: 337 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 43, page 1, line 5, at end insert—

‘(3) Before exercising the power under section 1, the Prime Minister must prepare and publish a report on the process for ratifying the United Kingdom’s new relationship with the European Union through a public referendum.”—(Tim Farron.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 33, Noes 340.

Division number 156 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — Power to notify withdrawal from the EU

Aye: 33 MPs

No: 340 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 86, page 1, line 5, at end insert—

“with the exception of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and section 2 of the Ireland Act 1949, and subject to—

(a) the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland of 10 April 1998, and

(b) preserving acquired rights in Northern Ireland under European Union law.”—(Ms Ritchie.)

This amendment requires the power to notify withdrawal to be exercised with regard to the constitutional, institutional and rights provisions of the Belfast Agreement.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee proceeded to a Division.

Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Chair, Panel of Chairs, Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means, Chair, Panel of Chairs, Chairman of Ways and Means

I ask the Assistant Serjeant at Arms to investigate the delay in the Aye Lobby—there seems to a be a slight blockage that she might be able to relieve.

The House divided:

Ayes 288, Noes 327.

Division number 157 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 1 — Northern Ireland

A majority of MPs voted against requiring notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership and against requiring the notification to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland.

Aye: 288 MPs

No: 337 MPs

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Absent: 19 MPs

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The Committee having divided: Ayes 288, Noes 327.

Question accordingly negatived.

Question put (single Question on successive provisions of the Bill), That clauses 1 and 2 stand part of the Bill.

The Committee proceeded to a Division.

Division number 158 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — All Clauses Stand Part

A majority of MPs voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union.

Aye: 493 MPs

No: 110 MPs

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Absent: 40 MPs

Abstained: 1 MP

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The Committee having divided: Ayes 496, Noes 111.

Question accordingly agreed to.

Clauses 1 and 2 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

New Clause 57