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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 8th January 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The first question is, that amendment S5M-20318.1, in the name of Adam Tomkins, which seeks to amend motion S5M-20318, in the name of Michael Russell, on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 29 MSPs

No: 92 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 29, Against 92, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The question is, that motion S5M-20318, in the name of Michael Russell, on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 92 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 92, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the legislative consent memorandum on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill lodged by the Scottish Government on 20 December 2019; further notes that people in Scotland voted remain and for remain parties, most recently at the UK General Election on 12 December 2019; considers that the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the UK Government would cause damage to Scotland’s environment, economic and social interests; regrets that the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill has been amended to remove important protections from workers’ rights and asylum-seeking children, and to prohibit an extension of the implementation period to negotiate the future relationship with the EU; regrets that the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is to proceed through the UK Parliament with minimal scrutiny, failing to respect the significance of the decision to be taken by, or the role of, the Scottish Parliament in scrutinising legislation requiring its legislative consent; is determined to respect and uphold the views of the people of Scotland on this crucial issue to the future of the nation, and therefore does not support the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration negotiated by the UK Government, and does not consent to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill that would implement that agreement.

Members might wish to note that when the Scottish Parliament has previously voted to withhold consent when the United Kingdom Parliament has wished to legislate on devolved issues, I have written to my counterparts in the other UK legislatures. I intend to do so in this case, following tonight’s vote.