National policy responses

EU Trade Bill. How I Voted

Date: 19.07.18 | in: European Union | Tags: , ,

On Tuesday, the Trade Bill narrowly passed through Parliament. Although it looked like we had enough of a Tory rebellion on our side, fear of a general election and subsequent Labour victory scared enough remain leaning Tory MPs into voting against what they believed to be in the best interests of the country and with the Government. We were close to defeating the Government on vital amendments. New Clause 18, which would make it a negotiating objective of the UK to establish a free trade area for goods between the UK and the EU was only defeated by 6 votes. New clause 3, which committed the government to seek parliamentary consent for new trade deals was defeated 314 to 284.

We were successful in defeating the Government on New Clause 17 which commits the UK to being a part of the European Medicines Regulatory Network

All in all, this was a difficult night for those of us who wanted to see a sensible way forward to the political and constitutional crisis that we are facing. There are only a few more working parliamentary weeks until Brexit negotiations must be completed and we are yet to see any convincing strategy from the Government.

See below for a breakdown of how I voted on the trade bill:

NC18

Free trade area for goods          

This new clause would make it a negotiating objective of the UK to establish a free trade area for

goods between the UK and the EU and if that cannot be agreed then it should be the objective of

the UK to secure an agreement to enable the UK’s participation in a customs union with the EU.

 I voted For this amendment

Result f- 301 a-307

 NC17

UK participation in the European medicines regulatory network

This new clause would ensure that it is a negotiating objective for the UK Government to secure

an international agreement through which the UK may continue to participate in the European

medicines regulatory network partnership between the EU, EEA and the European Medicines

Agency, ensuring that patients continue to have access to high-quality, effective and safe

pharmaceutical and medical products, fully aligned with the member states of the EU and EEA

 I voted For this amendment

Result f- 305 a-301

 

Amendment 80

This amendment would ensure that UK producers including manufacturers, and their employees,

are included in the corporate governance of the new Trade Remedies Authority.

 I voted for this amendment

Result f- 295 a-314

Amendment 25

This amendment would require the Government to have published the text of each UK free trade

agreement and opened it to consultation with business, trade unions, the devolved administrations

and other parties prior to its ratification.

 I abstained on this amendment

 Result f- 37a-318

 

NC20

 Approval of negotiating mandates (devolved authorities)

I abstained on this Amendment

Result f- 37 a-316

NC3

Free trade agreements: Parliamentary scrutiny and consent

This new clause would ensure that all new free trade agreements are subject to parliamentary scrutiny and consent.

I voted for this amendment

Result f- 284 a-314

Trade Bill Third Reading- I voted against this bill.

Result f- 317 a-286

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