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Dealing with deficiencies arising from withdrawal

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:25 pm on 12th December 2017.

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Votes in this debate

  • Division number 64
  • Division number 65
    A majority of MPs voted to allow laws which were required by the UK's membership of the European single market to be weakened, removed or replaced by Ministers after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
  • Division number 66
  • Division number 67
    A majority of MPs voted to allow minsters to reduce rights or protections in the interests ensuring the effectiveness of EU law retained as UK law when the UK leaves the EU.

Amendment proposed: 49, in page 5, line 7, at end insert—

“(1A) Regulations under subsection (1) may be made so far as necessary to adapt the body of EU law to fit the UK’s domestic legal framework.”—(Yvette Cooper.)

This amendment would place a general provision on the face of the Bill to the effect that the delegated powers granted by the Bill should be used only so far as necessary.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 295, Noes 312.

Division number 64 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Dealing with deficiencies arising from withdrawal

Aye: 295 MPs

No: 312 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 124, page 6, line 10, at end insert—

“(ca) weaken, remove or replace any requirement of law in effect in the United Kingdom place immediately before exit day which, in the opinion of the Minister, was a requirement up to exit day of the United Kingdom’s membership of the single market,’. —(Tom Brake.)

This amendment is intended to prevent the regulation-making powers being used to create barriers to the UK’s continued membership of the single market.

The House divided:

Ayes 93, Noes 215.

Division number 65 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 7 — Retention of Laws Required by the UK's Membership of the Single Market

A majority of MPs voted to allow laws which were required by the UK's membership of the European single market to be weakened, removed or replaced by Ministers after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Aye: 93 MPs

No: 313 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 240 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 158, page 6, line 13, after “it”, insert—

“() modify the Scotland Act 1998 or the Government of Wales Act 2006,” —(Stephen Doughty.)

This amendment would prevent the powers of a Minister of the Crown under Clause 7 of the Bill to fix problems in retained EU law from being exercised to amend the Scotland Act 1998 or the Government of Wales Act 2006.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 291, Noes 315.

Division number 66 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Dealing with deficiencies arising from withdrawal

Aye: 291 MPs

No: 315 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 25, in clause 7, page 6, line 18, at end insert—

“(g) remove or reduce any protections currently conferred upon individuals, groups or the natural environment,

(h) prevent any person from continuing to exercise a right that they can currently exercise,

(i) amend, repeal or revoke the Equality Act 2010 or any subordinate legislation made under that Act.” .—(Matthew Pennycook.)

This amendment would prevent the Government’s using delegated powers under Clause 7 to reduce rights or protections.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 292, Noes 314.

Division number 67 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 7 — Rights and Protections

A majority of MPs voted to allow minsters to reduce rights or protections in the interests ensuring the effectiveness of EU law retained as UK law when the UK leaves the EU.

Aye: 292 MPs

No: 313 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 41 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 7 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair to report progress and ask leave to sit again (Programme Order, 11 September).

The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Progress reported; Committee to sit again tomorrow.