Minor amendments in consequence of EU withdrawal

Finance (No. 3) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:23 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Votes in this debate

  • Division number 287
    A majority of MPs voted not to give the Treasury the powers to maintain the effect of tax laws on the UK's withdrawal from the EU unless either the House of Commons had approved arrangements for leaving or there is a delay in leaving.
  • Division number 288
    A majority of MPs voted not to require a House of Commons motion to activate Treasury powers to maintain the effect of tax laws on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Amendment proposed: 7, page 67, line 19, at end insert—

“(7) The provisions of this section only come into force if—

(a) a negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship have been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, or

(b) the Prime Minister has notified the President of the European Council, in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, of the United Kingdom’s request to extend the period in which the Treaties shall still apply to the United Kingdom, or

(c) leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship has been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown.”—(Yvette Cooper.)

This amendment would prevent the Government implementing the “no deal” provisions of Clause 89 without the explicit consent of Parliament for such an outcome. It would provide three options for the provisions of Clause 89 to come into force: if the House of Commons has approved a negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship; if the Government has sought an extension of the Article 50 period; or the House of Commons has approved leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and framework for the future relationship.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 303, Noes 296.

Division number 287 Finance Bill — Clause 89 — Activing Treasury Powers to Maintain Effective Tax Laws on the UK's Withdrawal from the EU only in Certain Circumstances

A majority of MPs voted not to give the Treasury the powers to maintain the effect of tax laws on the UK's withdrawal from the EU unless either the House of Commons had approved arrangements for leaving or there is a delay in leaving.

Aye: 303 MPs

No: 296 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 47 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

Amendment 7 agreed to.

Amendment proposed: 8, page 67, line 19, at end insert—

“(7) The provisions of this section shall not come into force until the House of Commons has come to a resolution on a motion made by a Minister of the Crown agreeing its commencement.”—(Mr Leslie.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 292, Noes 303.

Division number 288 Finance Bill — Clause 89 — Activating Treasury Powers to Maintain Effective Tax Laws on the UK's Withdrawal from the EU — Requirement for Commons Motion

A majority of MPs voted not to require a House of Commons motion to activate Treasury powers to maintain the effect of tax laws on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Aye: 292 MPs

No: 303 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 51 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I understand that in the previous debate there was some unhappy and unfortunate talk about the potential for the M3 to be closed in connection with a lorry park. I want to put it on the record, from the Government’s perspective, that the Government have absolutely no intention whatever of closing the M3 in connection with a lorry park. Therefore, the record should stand corrected as from now.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Several media outlets are quoting that I have signed a letter to the Prime Minister saying that I will vote against a no-deal Brexit. I would like to put it on the record that this is not correct. Can you advise me whether it is in order for a Member of this House to put another Member’s name to a letter when they have not given their consent to doing so? Given the febrile environment at the moment, can you make the point to the media that they should check their facts before they publish such information?

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee

The hon. Gentleman arrogates to me almost superhuman powers if he thinks that I can advise the media upon the imperative of first checking facts before printing a story. I appreciate his confidence in me, but I fear that he has an assessment of my capabilities that is sadly unmatched by the reality. Nevertheless, he has put his point on the record, and doubtless he will circulate it more widely amongst the people of Nuneaton.