The European Union bill (future relationship) now goes to the Lords and must become law before the post-Brexit transition ends tomorrow evening
In Edinburgh, MSPs voted against the UK-EU trade deal. EU Future Relationship (EU) law is not a matter for the Scottish Parliament, but they voted in favor of a motion by the Scottish Government that the agreement would « seriously damage Scotland’s environmental, economic and social interests » and supported a memorandum that the Scottish Government this is not giving legislative approval. The full text of the memorandum, including an analysis of the impact of the agreement on Scotland, can be found here.
According to the Sewel Convention, Westminster should receive “legislative approval” from the decentralized administrations when it passes laws that intervene in decentralized matters. However, this is not a legally binding obligation and the text of the Convention accepts that consent is not required in certain circumstances.
Boris Johnson signed the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU on behalf of the UK.
In the House of Lords, peers have now started their debate on EU law (Future Relationship). There is a live feed at the top of the blog. Opening the debate Natalie Evans, leader of the Lords, stressed that the House of Commons passed the bill with a large majority.
Although the Lords frequently change the government’s legislation, it always accepts the will of the elected chamber on important issues, and although it has a much larger anti-Brexit contingent than the Commons, it is not expected to do anything to hinder them or keep the bill this afternoon.
Sebastian Payne of the FT has a full list of the Labor MPs who abstained. As he points out, it’s a mix of hardcore leftovers (who find it difficult to support any version of Brexit) and left-wing Corbynites (who refuse to vote with conservatives on anything). .
36 Labor MPs did not vote on the Brexit deal: – Diane Abbott – Tonia Antoniazzi – Aspana Begum – Olivia Blake – Ben Bradshaw – Kevin Brennan – Richard Burgeon – Dawn Butler – Neil Coyle – Stella Creasy – Janet Daby – Geraint Davies – Peter Dowd-Rosie Duffield-Clive Efford
Abstainers at Labor Brexit cont: – Florence Eshalomi- Mary Kelly Foy- Barry Gardiner- Helen Hayes- Meg Hillier- Ruqa Huq- Diana Johnson- Darren Jones- Clive Lewis- Rebecca Long-Bailey- Siobhain McDonagh- John McDonnell- Catherine McKinnell-Ian Mearns- Kate Osamor
Lab Brexit abstainers 3/3: – Lloyd Rusell-Moyle- Andy Slaughter- Zarah Sultana- Nadia Whittome- Beth Winter- Mohammad YasinPlus two independent abstainers: – Jeremy Corbyn- Claudia Webbe Only one Labor MP voted against the deal : Bell Ribeiro -Addy
And here is the breakdown of the 521 MPs by party who voted in favor of the Bill Implementing the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
Two Tories also rebelled in the vote by abstaining instead of voting for it. They were Owen Paterson and John Redwood.
Here is the breakdown of the 73 MPs who voted against the deal, from the CommonsVotes app.
Labor has now consolidated its numbers. 36 of its MPs abstained and only one, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, voted against.
In the debate, Diane Abbott, who was Shadow Home Secretary under Jeremy Corbyn, said she would vote against but she appears to have changed her mind at the last minute.
« I have the greatest respect for the result of the 2016 referendum. But this bad deal fails. « Labor MP Diane Abbott comments on the Brexit trade deal. picture. Twitter. com / WZXpqkDBAe
This is from Labor’s Florence Esholami explaining why she abstained from the vote and resigned as the Labor whip.
Many thanks to all # Opel voters who contacted me about EU law (Future Relationship). This bill has been rushed and a « no deal » is the worst outcome for the country, but I cannot support the bill and have abstained. I offered my resignation as an opposition whip.
Workers say they believe 34 of their MPs resisted the whip by abstaining, but only three voted against. However, these numbers have not yet been confirmed as the department list has not been published and proxy makes counting more complicated than it used to be.
The party sees this as a relatively good result. Earlier this month there were reports that up to 60 Labor MPs could rebel.
Almost all rebels today have had an abstention that is less provocative and less harmful than voting directly against party orders.
Workers also point out that Boris Johnson suffered a much larger uprising when voting on Covid restrictions earlier this month when 53 of his MPs rebelled against him.
Three abstaining Labor MPs have resigned from the bank: Helen Hayes (see 2. 53 p.m.), Tonia Antoniazzi (see 2. 41 o’clock) and Florence Eshalomi, a whip.
The bill is now going to the House of Lords, where it will go through all phases before the end of the day – although with 127 colleagues this does not necessarily mean the end of the conventional working day. The debate could last late into the night.
The bill has now passed its third reading with 521 votes against 73 – a majority of 448. This is exactly the same result as before.
Labor MP Helen Hayes says she resigned as shadow cabinet minister because she could not vote for the bill.
I am grateful to everyone who contacted me about the EU law on future relationships. I cannot vote for this harmful deal that & put in today. It is with great sadness that & regrets that I have offered my resignation as Minister of the Shadow Cabinet. It was a privilege to serve https: // t. co / RZvjYHMVIl
That was the second reading vote. But the bill has to pass its full house stage and third reading committee before it can go to the Lords.
However, according to the business proposal agreed this morning, there is no time for further examination. The deputy spokeswoman, Eleanor Laing, took over the chairmanship of the committee for the entire house stage. There was no debate, but there was some laugh when she said the committee had worked through the bill.
MEPs are now voting on the third reading. There was no third reading debate and the result of this vote should be the same or almost the same as the result of the second reading. (See 2. 43 o’clock. )
The draft law approving the trade and cooperation agreement with the EU was passed in second reading by 521 votes against 73 – a majority of 448.
Labor MP Tonia Antoniazzi, a private parliamentary secretary for the shadow DWP and Scotland teams, says she will abstain. She says she then offered to resign as PPS (because she defies the whip that orders Labor MPs to vote for). .
Today I will abstain from the EU Future Relationship Bill &. I have offered my resignation as PPS to the Shadow DWP & Scotland teams. I thank Keir for the opportunity to serve on his Shadow Front team, &. I remain determined to elect a Labor government in 2024.
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