No majority for unprecedented Brexit motions – but here’s how Southwark’s MPs voted

Josh Salisbury (27 March, 2019) Politics

Here's how all three of Southwark's MPs voted on tonight's unprecented series of Brexit motions

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Tonight MPs voted in Parliament on a series of eight ‘momentous’ indicative motions which could have completely changed the course of Brexit, (March 27).

The motions ranged from a No Deal exit, a commitment to hold a confirmatory public vote on any Brexit deal, or to revoke Article 50 entirely, among others.

However, no majority could be found among MPs for any of the eight motions.

In other developments:

  • Theresa May also revealed to Tory backbenchers this evening that she intends to step down if parliamentarians pass her Brexit deal.
  • Meanwhile, the DUP ruled out backing the Government in a fresh meaningful vote on its Brexit deal.
  • MPs voted to formally delay the Brexit date as expected to April 12 or May 22.

Here’s how all three of Southwark’s MPs – Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark), Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham), and Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood) – voted on the motions, according to the CommonsVotes app.

The motions – and how your MP voted:

B – No Deal Brexit

The motion would have meant leaving the EU without a deal on April 12.

Neil Coyle – Against
Harriet Harman – Against
Helen Hayes – Against

For: 160, Against: 400. Motion failed.

D – Common Market ‘2.0’ 

Tabled by Tory MP Nick Boles, the motion called for the UK to remain in the European Economic Area and negotiate a “comprehensive” customs arrangement, until different arrangements could be made. Also seen as ‘Noway+’.

Neil Coyle – Against
Harriet Harman – For
Helen Hayes – Vote not listed on the CommonsVotes app.

For: 188, Against: 283. Motion failed.

H – EEA/EFTA

Similar to Common Market 2,0, but without a customs agreement. It also called for alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop.

Neil Coyle – Against
Harriet Harman – Against
Helen Hayes – Against

For: 65, Against: 377. Motion failed.

J – Customs union

Tabled by Tory grandee Ken Clarke, the motion called for a “permanent and comprehensive” UK-wide customs union with the EU.

Neil Coyle – For
Harriet Harman – For
Helen Hayes – For

For: 264, Against: 272. Motion narrowly failed.

K – Labour’s alternative plan

Proposed a customs union with the EU and a close alignment with the single market. Also called for continued participation in EU agencies and agreements on future European-wide security arrangements.

Neil Coyle – For
Harriet Harman – For
Helen Hayes -For

For: 237, Against: 307. Motion failed.

L – Revoke Article 50 to avoid No Deal

Put forward by the SNP’s Joanna Cherry. If the Government failed to pass a Brexit deal, two days before the exit date, the Government would be forced to revoke Article 50.

Neil Coyle – For
Harriet Harman – For
Helen Hayes – For

For: 184, Against: 293. Motion failed.

M – Confirmatory public vote

Motion required a public vote to confirm any Brexit deal that manages to get through Parliament, before it gets ratified.

Neil Coyle – For
Harriet Harman – For
Helen Hayes – For

For: 268, Against: 295. Motion failed.

O – Contingent preferential arrangements

Called for the Government to seek to agree “preferential” trade arrangements with the EU in case the UK is unable to implement a withdrawal agreement with the EU. Would be a ‘managed’ no deal, with the UK paying into EU budgets until the end of 2020 while a permanent trade deal would be attempted.

Neil Coyle – Against
Harriet Harman – Against
Helen Hayes – Against

For: 139, Against: 422. Motion failed.


This article may be updated as further information comes in.

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