Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 30th September 2021.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

The next item of business is decision time. There are three questions to be put as a result of today’s business.

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Donald Cameron is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Sarah Boyack will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-01444.1, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01444, in the name of Angus Robertson, on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s supply chain and labour market, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

We will have a short suspension to allow members to access the digital voting system.

17:18 Meeting suspended.

17:23 On resuming—

Members should cast their votes now.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 27 MSPs

No: 93 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01444.1, in the name of Donald Cameron, is: For 27, Against 93, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-01444.3, in the name of Sarah Boyack, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01444, in the name of Angus Robertson, on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s supply chain and labour market, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 26 MSPs

No: 94 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01444.3, in the name of Sarah Boyack, is: For 26, Against 94, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion

S6M-01444, in the name of Angus Robertson, on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s supply chain and labour market, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Siobhian Brown Siobhian Brown Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app did not work, but I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Brown. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. For some reason, I could not connect for that vote. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Fraser. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Michelle Thomson Michelle Thomson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My application failed as well. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Thomson. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Jamie Halcro Johnston Jamie Halcro Johnston Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am sorry, but my app would not load either. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Halcro Johnston. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 54 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion

S6M-01444, in the name of Angus Robertson, on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s supply chain and labour market, is: For 67, Against 54, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament believes that the UK Government’s chaotic hard Brexit policy is damaging recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; deplores the decision of the UK Government to ignore detailed evidence from the Scottish Government and others about the harm that would be caused by removing Scotland and the UK from the European single market and customs union in the middle of the public health crisis; calls on the UK Government to immediately introduce a Temporary Worker Route, extended to 24 months, to alleviate some of the damage that it has caused, as part of a replacement immigration system that will both reduce the harm of Brexit and treat people with dignity and respect; recognises that the UK Government’s failure to introduce such a scheme has led directly to serious levels of vacancies in hospitality, distribution, social care, construction, food production, agriculture and tourism, among other sectors; further recognises that this will only mitigate in part the negative consequence for Scotland of ending the benefits of EU membership, including freedom of movement; believes that the UK Government’s actions and lack of action have led directly to serious petrol and diesel shortages on forecourts and to food supply shortages; further believes that these failures are felt across society and most acutely by the poorest, and agrees that, in a rich country like Scotland, the chaos of recent weeks and the deliberate targeting of the poorest in society make clear the heavy cost imposed on people in Scotland by a UK Government that they did not elect.

Meeting closed at 17:33.