Effect of notification of withdrawal

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

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  • Division number 159
    A majority of MPs voted against seeking to protect the residence rights of citizens of the European Union and their family members who were lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016.

“Nothing in this Act shall affect the continuation of those residence rights enjoyed by EU citizens lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016, under or by virtue of Directive 2004/38/EC, after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.”—(Ms Harman.)

This savings new clause is designed to protect the residence rights of those EU citizens who were lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on the date of the EU referendum. It would ensure that those rights do not fall away automatically two years after notice of withdrawal has been given, if no agreement is reached with the EU. This new clause would implement a recommendation made in paragraph 53 by the Joint Committee on Human Rights in its report ‘The human rights implications of Brexit’.

Brought up.

Question put, That the clause be added to the Bill.

The House divided:

Ayes 290, Noes 332.

Division number 159 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — New Clause 57 — Protection of EU Citizens' UK Residence Rights

A majority of MPs voted against seeking to protect the residence rights of citizens of the European Union and their family members who were lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016.

Aye: 290 MPs

No: 332 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 22 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

New Clause 192