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Volume 49 Number 3, March 2, 2019 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

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Amendments and Agreed Motion in the House
of Commons on the UK's Withdrawal from the EU

On February 27, 2019, MPs debated the motion put forward by the government: "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."

The amendment in the name of Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, stated: (a), 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;

and

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

It was defeated by 323 votes to 240.

The amendment in the name of Ian Blackford (Leader of the SNP at Westminster) stated: in 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."

It was defeated by 324 votes to 288.

The amendment in the name of Alberto Costa (Conservative MP for South Leicestershire) stated: 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."

It was accepted without a division.

The amendment in the name of Yvette Cooper (Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford) stated: 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.".

It was passed by 502 votes to 20.

The amended motion that was passed was:

Resolved,

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; 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; 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.


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