Results of the Meaningless Votes

Parliament voted on a motion related to Brexit following further debate on 27 February 2019.

This is how interested MPs are in listening to the debate. Here’s the attendance in Parliament around 5:30 on 27 February 2019 – will MPs know what they are voting for later ?

Do the results of the meaningless votes show:

MPs are ignoring the result of the referendum and trying to find a way to remain in the EU?

Although the Cooper amendment is targeted to delaying Brexit, it could also be viewed as a tactic to remain in the EU (for ever) which is the favoured option of most MPs.

What is the purpose for a delay ?

If MPs cannot find common ground now, what is going to change to allow them to find a solution in the future?

2 months or 2 years won’t make any difference unless MPs come to terms with the fact that they are not acting in “good faith” regarding the results of the referendum.

The majority of MPs have been overwhelmingly in support of remaining in the EU before, during and after the referendum and still today.

In winding up the debate I also noted the comment by Stephen Barclay,

However, in securing a deal, which is our priority, we will protect the rights of EU citizens, along with the wishes of my hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Alberto Costa), not only in the EU but in the UK, and we will do so in a way that delivers Brexit and delivers on the biggest vote in our country’s history.

Good to see he is interested in the rights of EU citizens, let’s not forget those UK citizens in the EU either …

Results of the votes

Amendment (a) : Jeremy Corbyn

Kind of ignoring the Withdrawal Agreement and concentrating on the Political Declaration – The political declaration is a set of non-binding suggestions for the future relationship which have yet to be negotiated. Does this mean the Labour Party supports the Withdrawal Agreement ?

For the amendment: 240

Against the amendment: 323

(with Ken Clarke voting for the amendment (against the Government)

Amendment is defeated.

Amendment (k) : Ian Blackford

Not to leave the EU without an agreed Withdrawal Agreement and Future Political Declaration (ie prevent leaving with “no-deal”)

For the amendment 288

Against the amendment 324

with Ken Clarke voting for the amendment (against the Government)

Amendment is defeated.

Amendment (b) (Alberto Costa) was agreed without a vote

Amendment (f) : Yvette Cooper

This amendment attempts to stop the PM backing down on her promise to allow MPs to vote on her deal, a no-deal and/or a delay to Brexit and this amendment is intended to secure confirmation of the PMs commitment to these votes..

For the amendment502

Against the amendment20

204 Conservatives and 1 DUP voted for the amendment

20 Conservatives voted against

90 Conservative MPs and 9 DUP MPs did not vote

Amendment is agreed.

The motion, as amended, was agreed to and reads:

That this House notes the Prime Minister’s statement on Leaving the European Union of 26 February 2019; and further notes that discussions between the UK and the EU are ongoing; and requires the Prime Minister to seek at the earliest opportunity a joint UK-EU commitment to adopt part two of the Withdrawal Agreement on Citizens’ Rights and ensure its implementation prior to the UK’s exiting the European Union, whatever the outcome of negotiations on other aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement; and further notes in particular the commitment of the Prime Minister made in this House to hold a second meaningful vote by 12 March and if the House, having rejected leaving with the deal negotiated with the EU, then rejects leaving on 29 March without a withdrawal agreement and future framework, the Government will, on 14 March, bring forward a motion on whether Parliament wants to seek a short limited extension to Article 50, and if the House votes for an extension, seek to agree that extension approved by the House with the EU, and bring forward the necessary legislation to change the exit date commensurate with that extension.