Votes: Motion to suspend usual procedures to enable consideration of European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill

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On 4th September 2019 the House of Lords considered a motion from the Leader of the Opposition to suspend the usual procedures for the taking of a Bill, in order to enable the House to take all stages of the European Union (Withdrawal) (Number 6) Bill 2017-19 on Thursday and Friday of that week.

A series of amendments were tabled to that motion by those objecting to that procedural change and those who disagreed with the Bill, which had been passed by MPs that day and would require Government to seek an extension of the Article 50 period for the UK to leave the EU.

A series of votes took place throughout the day and late into the night on the amendments tabled and also to bring an end to speeches by Members that were considered attempts to filibuster. A number of bishops took part in those votes, largely on the side of those Peers wishing to see the procedural changes made, and to ensure business could progress.

The House eventually passed the motion after agreement was reached between Government and Opposition parties. Details follow:


Closure motion on the motion in the name of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean

The House divided:

Contents: 310 | Not Contents: 168 | Result: Government Defeat
The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Ely and Southwark voted Content.

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean moved that this House resolves itself into a Committee of the Whole House on the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon.

The House divided:

Contents: 163 | Not Contents: 316 | Result: Motion disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Ely and Southwark voted Not Content.


Closure motion on Baroness Deech’s amendment 1 to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord Stoneham of Droxford moved that the question, that Baroness Deech’s amendment 1 to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon be agreed to, be now put.

The House divided:

Contents: 288 | Not Contents: 173 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Ely and Southwark voted Content, while the Bishop of Birmingham voted Not Content.


Baroness Deech’s amendment 1 to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Baroness Deech moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, to leave out from “move” to the end and insert “notwithstanding the resolution of the House of 28 January that Her Majesty’s Government should provide sufficient time for this House to ensure the timely passage of legislation necessary to implement any deal or proposition that has commanded the support of the majority of the House of Commons, considers that a guillotine motion is entirely contrary to the spirit and practice of the House of Lords”.

The House divided:

Contents: 165 | Not Contents: 310 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Ely and Southwark voted Not Content.


Closure motion on amendment 2A in the name of Lord Marlesford

Lord Harris of Haringey moved that the question, that amendment 2A in the name of Lord Marlesford to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon be agreed to, be now put.

The House divided:

Contents: 277 | Not Contents: 131 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Leeds and Ely voted Content.


Lord Marlesford’s amendment 2A to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord Marlesford moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after first “Commons” to insert “, and in recognition of the fact that the vote of 17.4 million people in the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union is no longer relevant and may be ignored or further deferred”.

The House divided:

Contents: 103 | Not Contents: 284 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of Birmingham, Chelmsford and Ely voted Not Content.


Closure motion on amendment 2B in the name of Baroness Noakes

Lord Harris of Haringey moved that the question, that amendment 2B in the name of Baroness Noakes to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon be agreed to, be now put.

The House divided:

Contents: 278 | Not Contents: 121 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Birmingham, Chelmsford, Coventry and Leeds voted Content.


Baroness Noakes’s amendment 2B to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Baroness Noakes moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after first “Commons” to insert “, and believing that the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 October should be prevented”.

The House divided:

Contents: 94 | Not Contents: 272 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Chelmsford and Coventry voted Not Content.


Closure motion on amendment 2C in the name of Lord Framlingham

Lord Harris of Haringey moved that the question, that amendment 2C in the name of Lord Framlingham to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon be agreed to, be now put.

The House divided:

Contents: 274 | Not Contents: 104 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Chelmsford and Coventry voted Content.


Lord Framlingham’s amendment 2C to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord Framlingham moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after first “Commons” to insert “, and in recognition of the fact that promises made in election manifestoes in 2017 to ensure the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union are not binding”.

The House divided:

Contents: 85 | Not Contents: 273 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Leeds and Chelmsford voted Not Content.


Lord True’s amendment 2D to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord True moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after first “Commons” to insert “, and only once any current legal proceedings relating to prorogations in the English courts have been concluded”.

The House divided:

Contents: 73 | Not Contents: 271 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Chelmsford and Southwark voted Not Content.


Baroness Noakes’s amendment 2E to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Baroness Noakes moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after first “Commons” to insert “, and only once current legal proceedings relating to prorogations in the Scottish courts have been concluded”.

The House divided:

Contents: 74 | Not Contents: 258 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Leeds and Southwark voted Not Content.


Baroness Noakes’s amendment 2F to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Baroness Noakes moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after first “Commons” to insert “, and only once current legal proceedings relating to prorogations in the Northern Irish courts have been concluded”.

The House divided:

Contents: 74 | Not Contents: 257 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds and Southwark voted Not Content.


Closure motion on amendment 2G in the name of Lord True

Lord Willoughby de Broke moved that the question, that amendment 2G in the name of Lord True to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon be agreed to, be now put.

The House divided:

Contents: 253 | Not Contents: 94 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds and Southwark voted Content.


Lord True’s amendment 2G to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord True moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, after “House of Commons, that” to insert “an urgent report be requested from the Constitution Committee on the propriety of the use of a guillotine motion, and should that Committee recommend its use, that”.

The House divided:

Contents: 88 | Not Contents: 252 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds and Southwark voted Not Content.


Baroness Noakes’s amendment 2J to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Baroness Noakes moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, leave out paragraph (1) and insert—
“(1) Standing Order 40(4) to 40(9) (Arrangements of the Order Paper) be dispensed with in relation to any bill sent from the House of Commons relating to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

The House divided:

Contents: 69 | Not Contents: 241 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds and Southwark voted Not Content.


Baroness Noakes’s amendment 2K to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord True moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon, leave out paragraph (1) and insert—
“(1) Standing Order 40(3) and 40(5) to 40(9) (Arrangements of the Order Paper) be dispensed with in relation to any bill sent from the House of Commons relating to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.”

The House divided:

Contents: 64 | Not Contents: 242 | Result: Amendment disagreed

The Bishops of London, Birmingham, Leeds and Southwark voted Not Content.