Blog

This week’s votes on Brexit. How I voted.

Date: 15.03.19 | in: European Union

Below is a list of each motion and how I voted:

Tuesday

Section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act main motion

This motion would take us out of the European Union on the agreement struck by Theresa May and her political declaration

I voted against the motion    Result: 242-391

Wednesday

Amendment (a) to the motion on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

 “this House rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship”. It sets out Parliament’s desire to not leave the European union without a deal under any circumstances

I voted for the amendment    Result: 312-308

Amendment (f) to the motion on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

This amendment (f) sets out the process for a “managed no-deal”. It is supported by the European research group.

I voted against the amendment   Result: 164-374

Main motion, as amended by amendment (a), on UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

This was the main motion to reject no deal as amended by amendment a (expressing the desire to not leave the EU without a deal at any time.

I voted for the motion      Result: 321-278

Thursday

UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: Sarah Wollaston’s amendment (h)

This motion set out the desire for a new referendum on whether to leave the European Union

I voted for the amendment    Result: 85-334

UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: Lucy Powell’s amendment to Hilary Benn’s amendment (i)

Lucy Powell adds that any extension to the Brexit process should end by 30 June.

I voted for the amendment   Result: 311-314

UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: Hilary Benn’s amendment (i)

Hilary Benn’s amendment opens the way to a series of Commons votes to indicate what MPs might support

I voted for the amendment    Result: 312-314

UK’s withdrawal from the EU: Mr Corbyn’s amendment (e)

It rejects the prime minister’s deal, rejects no deal, seeks an extension of the Article 50 process to avoid a no-deal Brexit on 29 March and to allow the Commons to “provide parliamentary time” for the Commons to “find a majority for a different approach”.

I voted for the amendment   Result: 302-318

UK’s withdrawal from the EU: Prime Minister’s motion

he government’s motion will ask MPs to back an extension until June 30, in order to pass EU exit legislation. Any extension would need to be approved by the EU.

I voted for the motion      Result: 412-202

What happens next?

 

The Government will now seek to agree an extension with the EU. The European Council must approve any extension with all members voting for, meaning it would require all the leaders of the other 27 EU Member States to agree the UK’s request.

As the motion stated, if the House has passed a resolution approving the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship by Wednesday 20 March 2019, then the Government will seek to agree with the European Union a one-off extension of the period specified in Article 50(3) for a period ending on 30 June 2019. This is for the purpose of passing the necessary legislation to implement the Withdrawal Agreement into our domestic law and complete the ratification process. However, if the House has not reached such agreement by the 20th March 2019 then potentially a much longer extension will be sought.

It is very likely therefore, that the Government will table another Meaningful Vote (MV3) on the Withdrawal Agreement on the 20th February. If an amendment is tabled to make the Withdrawal Agreement subject to a Public Vote I will vote for. If it is subject to an amendment which says that if the agreement is defeated, we will have a vote on all the Brexit options I will vote for that. I will not vote for the Withdrawal Agreement in its current form.

It is expected that the EU will use the March European Council on the 21 and 22 March 2019 to consider and reach a decision on a request from the UK to extend the Article 50 period.

 

Sign up to Alex's newsletter