The Government's negotiating objectives: the White Paper Contents

Formal Minutes

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Members present:

Hilary Benn, in the Chair

Alistair Burt

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Maria Caulfield

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Jeremy Lefroy

Karl McCartney

Mr Pat McFadden

Craig Mackinlay

Seema Malhotra

Dominic Raab 

Stephen Timms

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Draft Report (The Government’s negotiating objectives: the White Paper), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Question put, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 9

Alistair Burt

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Stephen Timms

Noes, 5

Maria Caulfield

Karl McCartney

Craig Mackinlay

Dominic Raab

Sammy Wilson

Question accordingly agreed to.

Paragraphs 1 to 32 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 33 read.

Amendment proposed, at end, to insert

“Due to the impact on devolved areas of competence, the endorsement of the National Assembly of Wales, Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly should be sought.”—(Jonathan Edwards)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Noes, 11

Alistair Burt

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Maria Caulfield

Jeremy Lefroy

Karl McCartney

Mr Pat McFadden

Craig Mackinlay

Seema Malhotra

Dominic Raab

Stephen Timms

Sammy Wilson

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 34 to 69 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 70 read.

Amendment proposed, at end, to insert

“The Committee is disappointed that the Prime Minister has failed to uphold her promise only to proceed following UK-wide agreement.”—(Jonathan Edwards)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Noes, 11

Alistair Burt

Maria Caulfield

Jeremy Lefroy

Karl McCartney

Mr Pat McFadden

Craig Mackinlay

Seema Malhotra

Dominic Raab

Stephen Timms

Sammy Wilson

Mr John Whittingdale

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 71 to 292 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 293 read.

Motion made, and Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report. 

The Committee divided: 

Ayes, 10

Alistair Burt

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Noes, 6

Maria Caulfield

Karl McCartney

Craig Mackinlay

Dominic Raab

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Paragraph accordingly agreed to.

Paragraph 294 read.

Motion made, and Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 10

Alistair Burt

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Noes, 6

Maria Caulfield

Karl McCartney

Craig Mackinlay

Dominic Raab

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Paragraph accordingly agreed to.

Paragraphs 295 to 299 read and agreed to.

Annexes agreed to.

Question put, That the Report be the Third Report of the Committee to the House.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 10

Alistair Burt

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Joanna Cherry

Mark Durkan

Jonathan Edwards

Peter Grant

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Noes, 6

Maria Caulfield

Karl McCartney

Craig Mackinlay

Dominic Raab

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Question accordingly agreed to.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available (Standing Order No. 134).

[Adjourned till Wednesday 19 April at 9.00 am





3 April 2017