European Union (Withdrawal) Act 25 March 2019

by Politicker

A debate was held in the UK Parliament on 25 March 2019 in accordance with the requirements of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act.

The following motion was debated:

That this House, in accordance with the provisions of section 13(6)(a) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, has considered the Written Statement titled “Statement under Section 13(4) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018” and made on Friday 15 March 2019.

There is an attempt by MPs to take control of the Business of the Day from the Government, on Wednesday 27 March 2019 via amendment (a)

The Speaker selected amendments

(d) in the name of the Leader of the Opposition;

(a) in the name of the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin);

and (f) in the name of the right hon. Member for Derby South (Margaret Beckett).


Amendment (d)

Jeremy Corbyn Keir Starmer Emily Thornberry Rebecca Long Bailey Valerie Vaz Mr Nicholas Brown

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “notes the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement and Framework for the Future Relationship have been defeated for a second time; further notes the alternative proposals being proposed across this House including Her Majesty’s Opposition’s plan, Common Market 2.0, for a customs union, and for a public vote; and calls on the Government to provide sufficient parliamentary time this week for this House to find a majority for a different approach.”


Amendment (a)

Sir Oliver Letwin Mr Dominic Grieve Hilary Benn Norman Lamb Stewart Hosie Ben Lake Dame Caroline Spelman

Alison McGovern Anna Soubry Jack Dromey Yvette Cooper Liz Kendall Nick Boles Stephen Doughty Chuka Umunna Mr Chris Leslie Heidi Allen Dr Sarah Wollaston Jo Stevens Richard Burden Chris Bryant Anna McMorrin Alex Sobel Rosie Duffield Owen Smith Helen Goodman Darren Jones Ruth Cadbury Mr David Lammy Catherine McKinnell Sarah Jones Lilian Greenwood Ged Killen Kate Green Tonia Antoniazzi Ian Murray Mr Virendra Sharma Wes Streeting Phil Wilson Susan Elan Jones Peter Kyle Ms Karen Buck Debbie Abrahams Marsha De Cordova James Frith Ellie Reeves Mrs Madeleine Moon Mr Ben Bradshaw Anna Turley Rushanara Ali Rachel Reeves Mary Creagh Andy Slaughter Lloyd Russell-Moyle Dr Paul Williams Stephen Timms Guto Bebb Stephen Kinnock Emma Reynolds Mr Jonathan Djanogly Antoinette Sandbach Kerry McCarthy Stella Creasy Neil Coyle Gareth Thomas Dr Rosena Allin-Khan Dr Rupa Huq Matt Western Catherine West Matt Rodda Ian C. Lucas Mr Edward Vaizey John Stevenson Maria Eagle Ms Angela Eagle Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods Diana Johnson Seema Malhotra Sir Edward Davey Sir Vince Cable Tom Brake Jo Swinson Tim Farron Wera Hobhouse Christine Jardine Layla Moran Jamie Stone Sir Nicholas Soames Hannah Bardell Mhairi Black Ian Blackford Kirsty Blackman Deidre Brock Alan Brown Dr Lisa Cameron Douglas Chapman Joanna Cherry Ronnie Cowan Angela Crawley Martyn Day Martin Docherty-Hughes Marion Fellows Stephen Gethins Patricia Gibson Patrick Grady Peter Grant Neil Gray Drew Hendry Chris Law David Linden Angus Brendan MacNeil Stewart Malcolm McDonald Stuart C. McDonald John McNally Carol Monaghan Gavin Newlands Brendan O’Hara Tommy Sheppard Chris Stephens Alison Thewliss Dr Philippa Whitford Pete Wishart

At end, add “and, given the need for the House to debate and vote on alternative ways forward, with a view to the Government putting forward a plan for the House to debate and vote on, orders that –

(a) Standing Order No. 14(1) (which provides that government business shall have precedence at every sitting save as provided in that order) shall not apply on Wednesday 27 March;

(b) precedence on that day shall be given to a motion relating to the Business of the House in connection with matters relating to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union other than any Business of the House motion relating to the consideration by the House of a motion under Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, and then to motions relating to that withdrawal and the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union other than any motion moved under Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018;

(c) if more than one motion related to the Business of the House is tabled, the Speaker shall decide which motion shall have precedence;

(d) the Speaker shall interrupt proceedings on any business before the Business of the House motion having precedence at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 27 March and call a Member to move that motion;

(e) debate on that motion may continue until 3.00 pm on Wednesday 27 March at which time the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion including the questions on amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved;

(f) when those proceedings have been concluded, the Speaker shall call a Member to move one of the other motions having precedence;

(g) any proceedings interrupted or superseded by this order or an order arising from the Business of the House motion may be resumed or (as the case may be) entered upon and proceeded with after the moment of interruption on Wednesday 27 March.”


Amendment (f)

Margaret Beckett Mr George Howarth Chris Bryant Kate Green Joanna Cherry Sir Edward Davey

Anna Soubry

At end, add “and orders that, in the event that the UK comes within seven calendar days of leaving the European Union without a deal, the Government must make arrangements within two sitting days, or if this House has been adjourned for more than four days to arrange for the House to be recalled under Standing Order No. 13 (Earlier meeting of the House in certain circumstances) for this purpose, for a Minister of the Crown to move a motion on whether this House approves the UK leaving the EU without a deal and on whether the UK Government should be required to request an extension of the period in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit and to give time for Parliament to determine a different approach.”.


Debate commenced at around 17:40 and proceeded to around 22:00.

Amendment (d) was not moved and thus was not voted on.

Amendment (a) was voted on with the following result

Ayes: 329 Noes: 302

This was a defeat for the Government’s position and the amendment was made to the motion.

30 Conservative MPs (rebels), mainly those in favour of Remain, voted for this amendment:

Bebb, Guto

Benyon, rh Richard

Boles, Nick

Brine, Steve

Burt, rh Alistair

Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth

Collins, Damian

Costa, Alberto

Djanogly, Mr Jonathan

Freeman, George

Green, rh Damian

Greening, rh Justine

Grieve, rh Mr Dominic

Gyimah, Mr Sam

Harrington, Richard

Johnson, Joseph

Lee, Dr Phillip

Lefroy, Jeremy

Letwin, rh Sir Oliver

Masterton, Paul

Mitchell, rh Mr Andrew

Morgan, rh Nicky

Neill, Robert

Newton, Sarah

Pawsey, Mark

Sandbach, Antoinette

Soames, rh Sir Nicholas

Spelman, rh Dame Caroline

Stevenson, John

Vaizey, rh Mr Edward

Amendment (f) was voted on with the following result

Ayes: 311 Noes: 314

The amendment was defeated, and not added to the motion.

This is a close result with a win for the Governments position. Again 15 Conservative MP rebels voted in favour of the motion.

Bebb, Guto

Boles, Nick

Brine, Steve

Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth

Djanogly, Mr Jonathan

Greening, rh Justine

Grieve, rh Mr Dominic

Gyimah, Mr Sam

Harrington, Richard

Lee, Dr Phillip

Letwin, rh Sir Oliver

Sandbach, Antoinette

Soames, rh Sir Nicholas

Spelman, rh Dame Caroline

Vaizey, rh Mr Edward

This amendment was defeated, and not added to the motion.

The final vote was taken on the amended motion which now reads:

Resolved,

That this House, in accordance with the provisions of section 13(6)(a) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, has considered the Written Statement titled “Statement under Section 13(4) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018” ​and made on Friday 15 March 2019, and, given the need for the House to debate and vote on alternative ways forward, with a view to the Government putting forward a plan for the House to debate and vote on, orders that –

(a) Standing Order No. 14(1) (which provides that government business shall have precedence at every sitting save as provided in that order) shall not apply on Wednesday 27 March;

(b) precedence on that day shall be given to a motion relating to the Business of the House in connection with matters relating to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union other than any Business of the House motion relating to the consideration by the House of a motion under Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, and then to motions relating to that withdrawal and the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union other than any motion moved under Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018;

(c) if more than one motion related to the Business of the House is tabled, the Speaker shall decide which motion shall have precedence;

(d) the Speaker shall interrupt proceedings on any business before the Business of the House motion having precedence at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 27 March and call a Member to move that motion;

(e) debate on that motion may continue until 3.00 pm on Wednesday 27 March at which time the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion including the questions on amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved;

(f) when those proceedings have been concluded, the Speaker shall call a Member to move one of the other motions having precedence;

(g) any proceedings interrupted or superseded by this order or an order arising from the Business of the House motion may be resumed or (as the case may be) entered upon and proceeded with after the moment of interruption on Wednesday 27 March.

The result was in favour of the motion

Ayes: 327 Noes: 300

with the usual Conservative rebels as before.