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Withdrawal Agreement

Another day, another vote and 16 days left to Brexit

Losing track. remind me – is this a meaningful vote or another of those meaningless votes where MPs cannot come to an actual decision on how to leave the EU? Here we go again, MPs will vote at 19.00 GMT on whether to leave the EU without a deal on 29 March

Today’s motion to be debated and voted on is:

3. UK’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

That this House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship on 29 March 2019; and notes that leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this House and the EU ratify an agreement.

and yet another slew of amendments in summary:

Amendment (a)

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship.”.

Amendment (b)

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “calls on the Government to bring forward urgently the legislation necessary to require the Prime Minister to revoke before 29 March 2019 the UK’s notice of intention to withdraw from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.”.

Amendment (c)

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “notes that the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons all voted overwhelmingly to reject the Prime Minister’s deal; recognises that the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament voted convincingly in favour of a People’s Vote; further notes that this House rejected the UK’s leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement and a future relationship framework; and therefore calls on the Government to honour the respective will of each Parliament by seeking to extend the time under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union until 2021, or until the future relationship has been negotiated, and by holding a binding referendum at the end of that period on either accepting the Withdrawal Agreement or retaining membership of the European Union.”.

Amendment (d)

Line 2, leave out from “2019;” to end and add “resolves that under no circumstances should the United Kingdom leave the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship; and notes that options available to this House now include instructing the Prime Minister to request an extension of the Article 50 period, instructing the Prime Minister to revoke the Article 50 notification, and making arrangements for a public vote on whether or not the United Kingdom should proceed with leaving the European Union.”.

Amendment (e)

Line 2, leave out from “Relationship” to end.

Amendment (f)

At end, add “; notes the steps taken by the Government, the EU and its Member States to minimise any disruption that may occur should the UK leave the EU without an agreed Withdrawal Agreement and proposes that the Government should build on this work as follows:

1. That the Government should publish the UK’s Day One Tariff Schedules immediately;
2. To allow businesses to prepare for the operation of those tariffs, that the Government should seek an extension of the Article 50 process to 10.59pm on 22 May 2019, at which point the UK would leave the EU;
3. Thereafter, in a spirit of co-operation and in order to begin discussions on the Future Relationship, the Government should offer a further set of mutual standstill agreements with the EU and Member States for an agreed period ending no later than 30 December 2021, during which period the UK would pay an agreed sum equivalent to its net EU contributions and satisfy its other public international law obligations; and
4. The Government should unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK.”.

Summary Agenda and Order of Business

Order Paper – OP190313.pdf

Update:

The Speaker selected amendment (a) and amendment (f) and the debate was opened by Michael Gove on behalf of the Prime Minister who had lost her voice.

After debate on the Motion, Amendment (a) was put to a vote.

Amendment proposed: (a)

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add

“rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship.”. (Yvette Cooper.)

The vote was 312 in favour of the amendment and 308 against, so the amendment was made to the motion.

9 Conservative MPs voted for the motion, They were

Bebb, Guto

Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth

Greening, rh Justine

Grieve, rh Mr Dominic

Gyimah, Mr Sam

Lee, Dr Phillip

Sandbach, Antoinette

Spelman, rh Dame Caroline

Vaizey, rh Mr Edward

Amendment (f) was then voted on with the result 164 votes in favour and 374 votes against. The amendment which was not made to the motion.

The main question was then voted on which now reads:

That this House rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship.

The vote was 321 votes in favour and 278 votes against.

17 Conservative rebels this time

Bebb, Guto

Benyon, rh Richard

Boles, Nick

Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth

Djanogly, Mr Jonathan

Freeman, George

Greening, rh Justine

Grieve, rh Mr Dominic

Gyimah, Mr Sam

Lee, Dr Phillip

Letwin, rh Sir Oliver

Masterton, Paul

Newton, Sarah

Pawsey, Mark

Sandbach, Antoinette

Soames, rh Sir Nicholas

Vaizey, rh Mr Edward

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Withdrawal Agreement

Debate and vote on the EU Withdrawal Act 13(1)(b)

The motion to be debated and voted on in the House of Commons on 12 March 2019 is as follows:


That this House approves for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 the following documents laid before the House on Monday 11 March 2019:

(1) the negotiated withdrawal agreement titled ‘Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’;

(2) the framework for the future relationship titled ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’;

(3) the legally binding joint instrument titled ‘Instrument relating to the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’, which reduces the risk the UK could be deliberately held in the Northern Ireland backstop indefinitely and commits the UK and the EU to work to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020;

(4) the unilateral declaration by the UK titled ‘Declaration by Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Northern Ireland Protocol’, setting out the sovereign action the UK would take to provide assurance that the backstop would only be applied temporarily; and

(5) the supplement to the framework for the future relationship titled ‘Joint Statement supplementing the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, setting out commitments by the UK and the EU to expedite the negotiation and bringing into force of their future relationship.

Although a number of amendments were suggested, none have been selected for debate by the Speaker. (Details available in the Summary Agenda and Order of Business for 12 March 2019 at https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmagenda/OP190312.pdf)

Voting, on the motion, is due to take place around 7:00pm

Update:

The result of the vote was:

242 votes in favour of the motion and 391 against

The DUP party (10 votes) voted against the motion together with 75 Conservative MPs.