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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:22 pm on 20th December 2017.

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  • Division number 86
    A majority of MPs voted against holding a referendum to choose between either accepting the terms of an agreement for the UK's withdrawal from the EU or remaining a member of the EU.

Amendment proposed: 120, page 14, line 40, leave out subsection (2) and insert—

“(2) The remaining provisions of this Act come into force once following a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should approve the United Kingdom and Gibraltar exit package proposed by HM Government at conclusion of the negotiations triggered by Article 50(2) for withdrawal from the European Union or remain a member of the European Union.

(2A) The Secretary of State must, by regulations, appoint the day on which the referendum is to be held.

(2B) The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is—‘Do you support the Government’s proposed new agreement between the United Kingdom and Gibraltar and the European Union or Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?’

(2C) The Secretary of State may make regulations by statutory instrument on the conduct of the referendum.”—(Tom Brake.)

This amendment is intended to ensure that before March 2019 (or the end of any extension to the two-year negotiation period) a referendum on the terms of the deal has to be held and provides the text of the referendum question.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 23, Noes 319.

Division number 86 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — Clause 19 — Referendum on Withdrawal Agreement

A majority of MPs voted against holding a referendum to choose between either accepting the terms of an agreement for the UK's withdrawal from the EU or remaining a member of the EU.

Aye: 23 MPs

No: 320 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 303 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Clause 19 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair.

Bill, as amended, reported (Standing Order No. 83D(6)).

Bill to be considered tomorrow.

Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is the position of the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union now untenable? He said that he would resign if the former Deputy Prime Minister was forced out.

Have you received any indication, Madam Deputy Speaker, that the former Deputy Prime Minister will come to the House and correct the misleading statement that he made to us?

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing Deputy Speaker (First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

Order. That is simply not a point of order. We are dealing with serious business here, and it needs no further comment from me.