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Implementing the Withdrawal Agreement

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 13th December 2017.

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Votes in this debate

  • Division number 68
  • Division number 69
  • Division number 70
    A majority of MPs voted against requiring the approval of MPs and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as a report on the preservation of reciprocal healthcare agreements, before allowing ministers to make regulations to implement the terms of the UK's agreement with the EU on its withdrawal from the union.

Amendment proposed: 7, page 6, line 45, at end insert “, subject to the prior enactment of a statute by Parliament approving the final terms of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.”—(Mr Grieve.)

To require the final deal with the EU to be approved by statute passed by Parliament.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 309, Noes 305.

Division number 68 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Implementing the Withdrawal Agreement

Aye: 308 MPs

No: 304 MPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Abstained: 1 MP

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

Amendment 7 agreed to.

More than six hours having elapsed since the commencement of proceedings, the proceedings were interrupted (Programme Order, 11 September).

The Chair put forthwith the Questions necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that time (Standing Order No. 83D).

Amendment proposed: 30, page 7, line 2, leave out ‘(including modifying this Act)’ and insert

“, apart from amending or modifying this Act”.—(Matthew Pennycook.)

This amendment would remove the proposed capacity of Ministers in Clause 9 to modify and amend the Act itself via delegated powers.

Question put,That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 297, Noes 316.

Division number 69 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Implementing the Withdrawal Agreement

Aye: 297 MPs

No: 316 MPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 241, page 7, line 9, at end insert—

“(5) No regulations may be made under this section until the Secretary of State has laid a report before Parliament setting out a strategy for seeking the preservation of reciprocal healthcare agreements on existing terms as under social security coordination regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009 after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

(6) Any changes to regulations in subsection (5) shall only be made after—

(a) the House of Commons has passed a resolution approving changes to regulations mentioned in subsection (5),

(b) the Scottish Parliament has passed a resolution approving changes to regulations mentioned in subsection (5),

(c) the National Assembly of Wales has passed a resolution approving changes to regulations mentioned in subsection (5), and

(d) the Northern Ireland Assembly has passed a resolution approving changes to regulations mentioned in subsection (5).”

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish a strategy for seeking to ensure that reciprocal healthcare arrangements continue after the UK leaves the EU.—(Dr Whitford.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 294, Noes 315.

Division number 70 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 9 — Regulations to Implement Withdrawal Agreement — Report on Reciprocal Healthcare Agreements — Veto for Devolved Administrations

A majority of MPs voted against requiring the approval of MPs and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as a report on the preservation of reciprocal healthcare agreements, before allowing ministers to make regulations to implement the terms of the UK's agreement with the EU on its withdrawal from the union.

Aye: 294 MPs

No: 314 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 38 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 9, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

New Clause 1