On 27 February 2019, the House of Commons voted on amendments to the motion:
“That this House [the House of Commons] 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 voting follows the Prime Minister’s announcement of her plan for continued negotiations with the EU followed by a meaningful vote by 12 March 2019 (our blog on this statement is here).
The Motion was approved unanimously by MP’s following voting on the following amendments:
- Amendment A: this would have pushed the Labour Party’s proposals for Brexit which included creating a permanent customs union with the EU and a close relationship with its single market. This amendment was defeated 323 votes to 240.
- Amendment K: this amendment insisted the UK should not leave the EU in any circumstances without a deal “regardless of any exit date”. This amendment was defeated 324 votes to 288.
- Amendment F: this amendment reiterated the statement made by the Prime Minister on Tuesday. It stated that if MPs vote to delay Brexit, the government should seek an extension from the EU and bring forward legislation to change, in law, the date of the UK’s departure. The amendment supports the Government’s Brexit strategy and was passed 502 votes to 20.
A further amendment, amendment B, requiring the government to seek a joint UK-EU commitment to adopt the citizens’ rights part of the withdrawal agreement, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations was approved by MPs without the need for a vote. Full details of the amendments put forward can be found here.