Another Day, Another Vote 29 March 2019

by Politicker

Today is the day that the UK were due to leave the EU and the Government is debating (again) a motion to accept the the Withdrawal Agreement, the Joint Instrument and the Unilateral Declaration negotiated with the EU and laid before parliament on 11 March 2019. This removes the Polticial Declaration from the documents to be voted on this time and satisfies the Speakers requirement not to bring back a motion that is identical to one brought before the house previously.

That this House notes the European Council Decision of 22 March 2019 taken in agreement with the United Kingdom extending the period under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, which provides for an extension to the Article 50 period to 22 May 2019 only if the House of Commons approves the Withdrawal Agreement by 29 March 2019; notes that if the House does not do so by that date the Article 50 period will only as a matter of law be extended to 12 April 2019 and that any extension beyond 22 May 2019 would require the UK to bring forward the necessary Day of Poll Order to hold elections to the European Parliament; notes that Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement refers to the Political Declaration between the UK and EU agreed on 25 November 2018, but that the EU has stated it remains open to negotiating changes to the Political Declaration; notes that the House is currently undertaking deliberations to identify whether there is a design for the future relationship that commands its support; notes that even should changes be sought to the Political Declaration, leaving the European Union with a deal still requires the Withdrawal Agreement; declares that it wishes to leave the EU with an agreement as soon as possible and does not wish to have a longer extension; therefore approves the Withdrawal Agreement, the Joint Instrument and the Unilateral Declaration laid before the House on 11 March 2019 so that the UK can leave the EU on 22 May 2019; notes that this approval does not by itself meet the requirements of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018; and resolves that it is content to proceed to the next steps of this process, including fulfilling section 13 of this Act.

None of the amendments were selected by the Speaker.

Following debate, the motion was put to a vote at 2:26pm and defeated with the result

Ayes: 286 Noes: 344

34 Conservative and the 10 DUP MPs voted against the Government option

Conservative MPs were

Afriyie, Adam
Baker, Mr Steve
Baron, Mr John
Bebb, Guto
Bone, Mr Peter
Braverman, Suella
Bridgen, Andrew
Cash, Sir William
Chope, Sir Christopher
Duddridge, James
Francois, rh Mr Mark
Fysh, Mr Marcus
Greening, rh Justine
Grieve, rh Mr Dominic
Gyimah, Mr Sam
Hollobone, Mr Philip
Holloway, Adam
Jayawardena, Mr Ranil
Jenkin, Sir Bernard
Jenkyns, Andrea
Johnson, Joseph
Jones, rh Mr David
Lee, Dr Phillip
Lewis, rh Dr Julian
Lopez, Julia
Mackinlay, Craig
Morris, Anne Marie
Patel, rh Priti
Paterson, rh Mr Owen
Redwood, rh John
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Rosindell, Andrew
Rowley, Lee
Villiers, rh Theresa