Yet another “meaningless” vote on Brexit

Further debate is taking place today (27 February 2019) on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Today it was supposed to be a meaningful vote on Theresa May’s (Ollys) Withdrawal Deal but as this has been postponed until “12th March” it becomes yet another of those meaningless debates where MPs strive to convince everybody to abandon the idea of leaving the EU.

The following motion is proposed:

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.

If you’re interested in the full list of amendments raised towards this motion, they can be found in the Summary Agenda document (item 4)

( OP190227 )

from the Summary Agenda and Order of Business for 27 February 2019 at

Provisional selection of amendments selected by the Speaker are

(a)[Corbyn] + (k) [Blackford] + (c) [Spelman] + (b) [Costa]+ (f) [Cooper]

Amendment (a)

Jeremy Corbyn, Keir Starmer, Emily Thornberry, John McDonnell, Valerie Vaz, Mr Nicholas Brown

Mr Ben Bradshaw, Ruth George

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

(a) to negotiate with the EU for changes to the Political Declaration to secure:

i. a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU;

ii. close alignment with the single market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations;

iii. dynamic alignment on rights and protections;

iv. commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation; and

v. unambiguous agreement on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases;


(b) to introduce primary legislation to give statutory effect to this negotiating mandate.”.

Amendment (k)

Ian Blackford, Liz Saville Roberts, Caroline Lucas, Stephen Gethins, Tom Brake, Patrick Grady

Jonathan Edwards, Hannah Bardell, Mhairi Black, Deidre Brock, Alan Brown, Dr Lisa Cameron, Douglas Chapman, Joanna Cherry, Ronnie Cowan, Angela Crawley, Martin Docherty-Hughes, Martyn Day, Marion Fellows, Patricia Gibson, Peter Grant, Neil Gray, Drew Hendry, Stewart Hosie, 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, Ben Lake

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “is determined not to leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and future framework under any circumstances, and regardless of any exit date.”.

Amendment (c)

Dame Caroline Spelman, Jack Dromey, Sir Oliver Letwin, Yvette Cooper, Norman Lamb, Ben Lake

Stewart Hosie Caroline Lucas Mr Dominic Grieve Hilary Benn Anna Soubry Nick Boles Stephen Doughty Liz Kendall Alison McGovern Alex Sobel Mr Ben Bradshaw Diana Johnson David Hanson Clive Efford Shabana Mahmood Sarah Jones Bill Esterson Stephen Kinnock Seema Malhotra Anna Turley Janet Daby Kate Green Lilian Greenwood Tom Brake Rosie Duffield Anna McMorrin Rushanara Ali Ruth George

Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “resolves that by Monday 18 March 2019 it is essential that one of the following outcomes has been reached in relation to negotiations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union:

(a) a negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship have been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, or

(b) leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship has been approved by a resolution of the House of Commons on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown, or

(c) the Prime Minister has notified the President of the European Council, in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, of the United Kingdom’s request to extend the period in which the Treaties shall still apply to the United Kingdom; believes that Parliament should have an opportunity to legislate for a process by which these decisions may be taken; and orders accordingly that

(1) on Thursday 28 February 2019 –

(i) 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;

(ii) Standing Order No. 19 (New writs) shall apply as if it were a day on which private Members’ Bills have precedence;

(iii) a Business of the House motion in connection with the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 4) Bill in the name of at least ten 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;

(iv) if not previously concluded, the Speaker shall interrupt proceedings on any business before the first item of business at 12 noon and call a Member to move the motion referred to in paragraph (iii), above;

(v) that motion may be proceeded with until any hour though opposed, shall not be interrupted at the moment 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;

(vi) 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

(vii) the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 4) Bill shall stand as the first order of the day; and

(2) In respect of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 4) 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 (b)

Alberto Costa, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg, Mr Dominic Grieve, Mr Iain Duncan Smith

Keir Starmer, Hilary Benn, Mr Steve Baker, Sir Graham Brady, Sir Edward Leigh, Mr Nicholas Brown, Ian Blackford, Sir Vince Cable, Valerie Vaz, Liz Saville Roberts, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Sir Oliver Letwin, Chuka Umunna, Caroline Lucas, Esther McVey, Sir Hugo Swire, Zac Goldsmith, Nicky Morgan, Craig Mackinlay, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Maria Caulfield, Mr Nigel Evans, Andrew Lewer, Michael Tomlinson, Mr Jonathan Lord, Mr Jonathan Djanogly, Dame Caroline Spelman, Tom Tugendhat, Mr Edward Vaizey, Lady Hermon, Stuart C. McDonald, Justine Greening, Ian Murray, Joanna Cherry, Nick Boles, Angus Brendan MacNeil, Priti Patel, Seema Malhotra, Daniel Kawczynski, Mr Alistair Carmichael, Sir Edward Davey, Anna Soubry, Hywel Williams, Jonathan Edwards, George Freeman, Yvette Cooper, Joseph Johnson, Mr Sam Gyimah, Stephen Timms, Stephen Crabb, Chris Bryant, Liz Kendall, Stewart Malcolm McDonald, Richard Graham, Robert Halfon, Greg Hands, Jo Swinson, Mr David Jones, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Mr Charles Walker, Mr George Howarth, Ellie Reeves, Stephen Doughty, Mr Shailesh Vara, Sir David Evennett, Dr Phillip Lee, Angela Crawley, Martyn Day, Patrick Grady, Drew Hendry, Chris Law, David Linden, Carol Monaghan, Brendan O’Hara, Tommy Sheppard, Alison Thewliss, Tom Brake, Jamie Stone, Jeremy Lefroy, Paul Farrelly, Kate Green, Tonia Antoniazzi, Ronnie Cowan, Dr Philippa Whitford, Richard Benyon, Grant Shapps, Jim Fitzpatrick, Pete Wishart, John Woodcock, Robert Courts, Charlie Elphicke, Royston Smith, Derek Thomas, David Tredinnick, Mr William Wragg, Hannah Bardell, Mhairi Black, Kirsty Blackman, Deidre Brock, Alan Brown, Dr Lisa Cameron, Douglas Chapman, Martin Docherty-Hughes, Marion Fellows, Patricia Gibson, Peter Grant, Neil Gray, John McNally, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine, Layla Moran, Susan Elan Jones, Will Quince Sir Robert Syms, Stephen Kerr, Bob Blackman, Ruth Cadbury, Ben Lake, Anna McMorrin, Chris Stephens, Stephen Gethins, Tim Farron, Gavin Newlands, Paul Blomfield, Matthew Pennycook, Mr Chris Leslie, David Hanson, Alex Sobel, Steve Double, Mr Ben Bradshaw ,Dr Paul Williams, Conor Burns, Nigel Dodds, Sammy Wilson, Gavin Robinson

At end, add “; 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.”.

Amendment (f)

Yvette Cooper, Sir Oliver Letwin, Dame Caroline Spelman, Jack Dromey, Nick Boles, Hilary Benn

Liz Kendall, Mr Dominic Grieve, Stephen Doughty, Alison McGovern, Norman Lamb, Alex Sobel, Mr Ben Bradshaw, Diana Johnson, David Hanson, Clive Efford, Shabana Mahmood, Sarah Jones, Bill Esterson, Stephen Kinnock, Seema Malhotra, Dr Paul Williams, Anna Turley, Ian C. Lucas, Janet Daby, Kate Green, Lilian Greenwood, Tom Brake, Rosie Duffield, Anna McMorrin, Rushanara Ali, Heidi Allen, Jeremy Lefroy, Mr Chris Leslie, Anna Soubry, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Joan Ryan, Ruth George

At end, add “; 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.”.