Next Brexit Debate on 29 January 2019

The next full debate related to the EU Withdrawal Agreement and proposed Political Declaration is scheduled to be held in Parliament on 29 January 2019

It is the Government’s intention, in accordance with the procedure allowed under section 13(13)(b) and (c), for those later section 13(11)(b) motions to be combined with the motion tabled today under section 13(6). The scheduled debates in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, on 28 and 29 January respectively, will therefore be on motions relating to the statements made under both s.13(4) and s.13(11)(a).

The joint motion will be in neutral terms, in line with the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, but will now be amendable following the House of Commons decision on 4 December 2018 that, “the provisions of Standing Order No. 24B (Amendments to motions to consider specified matters) shall not apply in respect of any motion tabled by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to any provision of section 13 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.” The joint motion in the House of Commons will be as follows:

“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 21 January 2019.”

The current proposed Amendments (6 in total) to the motion are detailed in the Order Paper published on 22 January 2019, from Parliaments web-site Summary Agenda and Order of Business

The Order Paper can be found at

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmagenda/OP190122.pdf

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112. SECTION 13 (4) OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018

The Prime Minister

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 21 January 2019.

Amendment (a)

Jeremy Corbyn
Keir Starmer
Emily Thornberry
John McDonnell
Ms Diane Abbott
Mr Nicholas Brown

Alex Sobel Stephen Morgan Seema Malhotra Hilary Benn

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “requires ministers to secure sufficient time for the UK Parliament to consider and vote on options to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, and that those options should include:

(i) Negotiating changes to the draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration so as to secure a permanent customs union with the EU, a strong relationship with the single market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations, and dynamic alignment on rights and standards, in order to command a majority in the House of Commons;

(ii) Legislating to hold a public vote on a deal or a proposition that has commanded the support of the majority of the House of Commons.”.

Amendment (b)

Stella Creasy
Lisa Nandy
Alison McGovern
Liz Kendall
Debbie Abrahams
Kate Green

Dr Paul Williams Caroline Lucas Anna McMorrin Rosie Duffield Jon Cruddas Jess Phillips Norman Lamb Wes Streeting Christine Jardine

At end, add “requires the Government to request the European Council to extend the period under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union to ensure that a Citizens’ Assembly can be part of a democratic decision-making process; requires the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons to commission a Citizens’ Assembly of 250 members comprising a representative sample of the population to consider the process in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, to make recommendations and to report to the House of Commons; requests the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to provide such assistance to the Citizens’ Assembly that it may request; orders that the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons shall appoint an expert advisory group to assist the work of the Assembly in preparing information and advice; orders that the Citizens’ Assembly shall publish its recommendations within 10 weeks of commencement; and requests the Government to respond in writing to all recommendations made by the Assembly no later than two weeks after they are presented and, if accepting the recommendations, to set out by a report to Parliament how it intends to ensure
that those recommendations can be implemented in full, including the timescales for implementation.”.

Amendment (c)

Hilary Benn
Seema Malhotra

At end, add “and calls on the Government to hold a series of indicative votes on the options set out in the Exiting the European Union Committee’s Eleventh Report of Session 2017-19 in the order in which they are listed in paragraphs 15 to 19 in that Report.”.

Amendment (d)

Rachel Reeves
Hilary Benn
Mr Dominic Grieve
Emma Reynolds
Norman Lamb
Liz Kendall

Mr Pat McFadden Yvette Cooper Wes Streeting Chris Bryant Drew Hendry Alex Sobel Seema Malhotra

At end, add “and, in the event that the House of Commons has not passed a resolution approving the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 by 26 February 2019, requires the Prime Minister to seek an extension to the period of two years specified in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union.”.

Amendment (e)

Yvette Cooper
Nicky Morgan
Norman Lamb
Stewart Hosie
Ben Lake
Hilary Benn

Nick Boles Liz Kendall Sir Oliver Letwin Mr Dominic Grieve Chris Bryant Rachel Reeves Ms Harriet Harman Seema Malhotra Clive Efford Ian Murray Shabana Mahmood Gareth Thomas Jack Dromey Lucy Powell Anna Turley Helen Goodman Richard Burden Stephen Kinnock David Hanson Vernon Coaker Alex Cunningham Rosie Duffield Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods Ian C. Lucas Diana Johnson Alex Sobel

At end, add “and is conscious of the serious risks arising for the United Kingdom from exit without a withdrawal agreement and political declaration and orders accordingly that—

(1) On 5 February 2019—

(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;

(b) a Business of the House Motion in connection with the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 3) Bill in the name of at least 10 Members, including at least four Members elected to the House as members of at least four different parties and at least two backers of that Bill shall stand as the first item of business;

(c) that motion may be proceeded with until any hour though opposed, shall not be interrupted at the motion of interruption, and, if under discussion when business is postponed, under the provisions of any standing order, may be resumed, though opposed, after the interruption of business; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) will not apply;

(d) at the conclusion of debate on that motion, the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on that motion (including for the purposes of Standing Order No. 36(2) (Questions to be put following closure of debate)) shall include the questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; and

(e) the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 3) Bill shall stand as the first order of the day; and

(2) In respect of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 3) Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time.

Amendment (f)

Mr Dominic Grieve
Chris Bryant
Mr Chris Leslie
Dr Phillip Lee
Anna Soubry
Justine Greening

Tom Brake Dr Philippa Whitford Mr Sam Gyimah Jonathan Edwards Dr Sarah Wollaston Heidi Allen Chuka Umunna Mr Ben Bradshaw Dr Paul Williams Alison McGovern Caroline Lucas

At end, add “and orders that on 12 and 26 February and 5, 12, 19 and 26 March 2019—

(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;

(b) a Motion in the name of the Chairman of Ways and Means “That this House has considered the United Kingdom’s departure from, and future relationship with, the European Union” shall stand as the first item of business;

(c) Standing Order No. 24B (Amendments to motions to consider specified matters) shall not apply to such motions;

(d) Proceedings on the motion may continue for up to six and a half hours after its commencement, though opposed, and shall not be interrupted at the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) will not apply; and

(e) at the conclusion of those proceedings, the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion, which shall include the questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker, which may then be moved.

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