House of Commons

Votes and Proceedings
Friday 29 March 2019

No. 280

The House met at 9.30 am.

Prayers

1Business of the House (Today)

Ordered, That, at this day's sitting, the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the motion in the name of the Prime Minister relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union not later than 2.30 pm; such questions shall include the questions on any amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; the questions may be put after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.—(The Attorney General).

2United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

Motion made and Question proposed, That this House notes the European Council Decision of 22 March 2019 taken in agreement with the United Kingdom extending the period under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, which provides for an extension to the Article 50 period to 22 May 2019 only if the House of Commons approves the Withdrawal Agreement by 29 March 2019; notes that if the House does not do so by that date the Article 50 period will only as a matter of law be extended to 12 April 2019 and that any extension beyond 22 May 2019 would require the UK to bring forward the necessary Day of Poll Order to hold elections to the European Parliament; notes that Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement refers to the Political Declaration between the UK and EU agreed on 25 November 2018, but that the EU has stated it remains open to negotiating changes to the Political Declaration; notes that the House is currently undertaking deliberations to identify whether there is a design for the future relationship that commands its support; notes that even should changes be sought to the Political Declaration, leaving the European Union with a deal still requires the Withdrawal Agreement; declares that it wishes to leave the EU with an agreement as soon as possible and does not wish to have a longer extension; therefore approves the Withdrawal Agreement, the Joint Instrument and the Unilateral Declaration laid before the House on 11 March 2019 so that the UK can leave the EU on 22 May 2019; notes that this approval does not by itself meet the requirements of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018; and resolves that it is content to proceed to the next steps of this process, including fulfilling section 13 of this Act.—(The Attorney General.)

The Speaker announced a time limit on backbench speeches (Standing Order No. 47(1)).

Question put.

The House divided.

Division No. 395

Ayes: 286 (Tellers: Andrew Stephenson, Craig Whittaker)

Noes: 344 (Tellers: Thangam Debbonaire, Nic Dakin)

Question accordingly negatived.

3Adjournment

Resolved, That this House do now adjourn.—(Jeremy Quin.

Adjourned at 2.49 pm until Monday 1 April.

Other Proceedings

Public petitions

4Public Petitions

A public petition from the parents, carers and staff of Freshfield maintained nursery school in Heaton Mersey, Stockport, relating to the future of maintained nursery schools was presented by Ann Coffey.

John Bercow

Speaker

Papers Laid

Papers subject to Negative Resolution

1Exiting the European Union (Children and Young Persons)

Childcare (Correction to Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 727), dated 28 March 2019 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Nadhim Zahawi)

2Exiting the European Union (Constitutional Law)

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 728), dated 28 March 2019 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Secretary Michael Gove)

3Exiting the European Union (Tax Credits)

Tax Credits and Child Trust Funds (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 713), dated 28 March 2019 (by Act), with an Explanatory Memorandum (by Command) (Elizabeth Truss)

Other papers

4Energy

Business Plan of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, April 2019–March 2022 (by Act) (Secretary Greg Clark)

5Merchant Shipping

Explanatory Memorandum to the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Extension of Maritime Labour Certificate) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 716) (laid 28 March) (by Command) (Secretary Chris Grayling)

Withdrawn papers

6Merchant Shipping

Explanatory Memorandum to the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Extension of Maritime Labour Certificate) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 716) (laid 28 March)

 

Prepared 29 March 2019