EU Protocol on animal sentience

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 16th January 2018.

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“The obligation on Ministers of the Crown and the devolved administrations to pay regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating law and policy, contained within the EU Protocol on animal sentience as set out in Article 13 of Title II of the Lisbon Treaty, shall be recognised and available in domestic law on and after exit day.”—(Caroline Lucas.)

This new clause transfers the EU Protocol on animal sentience set out in Article 13 of Title II of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty into UK law, so that the obligation on the Government and the devolved administrations to pay due regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating law and policy is not lost when the UK leaves the EU.

Brought up.

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

The House divided:

Ayes 297, Noes 320.

Division number 93

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Aye

No

Question accordingly negatived.

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