On 14th January 2019 the House of Lords voted to pass a ‘Motion to Regret’ the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, tabled by the Leader of the Opposition Baroness Smith of Basildon. Five bishops voted, and whilst the Archbishop of Canterbury attended and spoke in the debate, he abstained in the vote.
Baroness Smith of Basildon moved ‘That this House, while noting that it is for the House of Commons to determine the matter, considers that a no deal outcome to negotiations under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union must be emphatically rejected, and regrets that withdrawal from the European Union on the terms set out in the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration laid before Parliament would damage the future economic prosperity, internal security and global influence of the United Kingdom.
On 10th December 2018 the House of Lords voted on whether to resume the debate on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement straight away, or to wait until after it had heard a repeat of the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons. Seven bishops took part in the vote. The Motion was passed (against the Government) and when the House resumed it was decided not to continue with the debate. Continue reading “Vote: Motion to adjourn Lords debate on EU withdrawal deal”
On 24th October 2018 Peers voted on amendments to the Government’s Ivory Bill. Lord Cormack moved an amendment to the Bill, which was not passed but was supported in the voting lobbies by the Bishop of Chester.Continue reading “Vote: Ivory Bill”
On 24th July 2018 the House of Lords voted on a motion from Lord Adonis “that, notwithstanding the announcement by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 17 April (HL Deb, cols 1074–5), following the adjournment on this day the House do next sit on Monday 6 August.Continue reading “Votes: Lords recess length”