Indicative Votes: Business Motion of the House


Until 6.00pm (Order of 27 March)

Sir Oliver Letwin

Hilary Benn

Norman Lamb

Stewart Hosie

Ben Lake

Anna Soubry

Yvette CooperDame Caroline SpelmanLiz KendallJack DromeyMr Dominic GrieveStephen DoughtyNick Boles

(1) That, at today’s sitting –

(a) any proceedings governed by the order of the House of 27 March (Business of the House) or this order may be proceeded with until any hour, though opposed, and shall not be interrupted;

(b) the order of 27 March shall apply as if, at the end of paragraph 2(b), there were inserted “and then to motions in the name of a Minister of the Crown relating to statutory instruments”;

(c) notwithstanding the practice of the House, any motion on matters that have been the subject of a prior decision of the House in the current Session may be the subject of a decision;

(d) the Speaker shall announce his decision on which motions have been selected for decision by recorded vote before calling a Member to move a motion under paragraph 2(f) of the order of 27 March;

(e) the Speaker may not propose the question on any amendment to any motion subject to decision by recorded vote or on the previous question, and may not put any question under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) or Standing Order No. 163 (Motion to sit in private);

(f) debate on the motions having precedence under paragraph 2(f) of the order of 27 March may continue until 8.00 pm at which time the House shall proceed as if the question had been put on each motion selected by the Speaker for decision by recorded vote and the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision on each such question had been challenged;

(g) in respect of those questions –

(i) Members may record their votes on each question under arrangements made by the Speaker;

(ii) votes may be recorded for half an hour after the Speaker declares the period open and the Speaker shall suspend the House for that period;

(iii) the Speaker shall announce the results in the course of the sitting;

(h) during the period between 8.00 pm and the announcement of the results on the questions subject to recorded vote –

(i) no motion for the adjournment may be made;

(ii) the Speaker may suspend the sitting if any other business, including proceedings provided for in paragraph 1(b) of this order and paragraph 2(g) of the order of 27 March, has been concluded.

(2) That, on Wednesday 3 April –

(a) notwithstanding Standing Order No. 14(1) (which provides that Government business shall have precedence at every sitting save as provided in that order), precedence shall first be given to a motion relating to the Business of the House in connection with the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union

(b) if more than one motion relating to the Business of the House is tabled, the Speaker shall decide which motion shall have such precedence;

(c) the Speaker shall interrupt proceedings on any business having precedence before the Business of the House motion at 2.00 pm and call a Member to move that motion;

(d) debate on that motion may continue until 5.00 pm at which time the Speaker shall put the questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on that motion including the questions on amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved;

(e) any proceedings interrupted or superseded by this order may be resumed or (as the case may be) entered upon and proceeded with after the moment of interruption.

Amendment (a)

Gareth Snell

Gordon Henderson

Leave out paragraph (2).


Until 8.00pm (If the Business of the House Motion is agreed to)

OP button(A) Unilateral right of exit from backstop

Mr John Baron

Andrew Percy

Neil Parish

Stephen Metcalfe

Sir David Amess

Martin Vickers

Mr David JonesMr William WraggNigel MillsTom PursgloveChris DaviesAndrew RosindellJohn RedwoodAndrew BridgenGordon Henderson

That this House agrees that the UK shall leave the EU on 22 May 2019 with the Withdrawal Agreement amended to allow the UK unilaterally to exit the Northern Ireland backstop.

OP button(B) No deal in the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement

Mr John Baron

Sir David Amess

Martin Vickers

Stephen Metcalfe

Mr David Jones

Chris Davies

Andrew RosindellJohn RedwoodAndrew BridgenGordon Henderson

That this House agrees that, in the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement that can command the support of the House, the UK shall leave the EU on 12 April 2019 without a deal.

OP button(C) Customs Union

Mr Kenneth Clarke

Hilary Benn

Dame Caroline Spelman

Alistair Burt

Sarah Newton

Yvette Cooper

Norman LambSir Oliver LetwinJack DromeyRichard BenyonToby PerkinsSir Nicholas SoamesRichard BurdenRuth GeorgeMartin WhitfieldFrank FieldDavid HansonMatt WesternSir Mark HendrickClive EffordDiana JohnsonMs Harriet HarmanMs Karen BuckMrs Madeleine MoonIan C. LucasLisa NandyBill EstersonHelen GoodmanLucy PowellLouise HaighShabana MahmoodVernon CoakerSeema MalhotraAnneliese DoddsJim McMahonSarah JonesRosie DuffieldIan MurrayPaul FarrellyJames FrithPreet Kaur GillRushanara AliMr Edward Vaizey

That this House instructs the Government to:

(1) ensure that any Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration negotiated with the EU must include, as a minimum, a commitment to negotiate a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU;

(2) enshrine this objective in primary legislation.

OP button(D) Common Market 2.0

Nick Boles

Lucy Powell

Stewart Hosie

Andrew Percy

Stephen Kinnock

Dame Caroline Spelman

Diana JohnsonRobert HalfonNorman LambJustin MaddersGeorge FreemanHelen GoodmanAntoinette SandbachJack DromeySir Nicholas SoamesShabana MahmoodMr Jonathan DjanoglyJess PhillipsMr Edward VaizeyStephen TwiggRobert NeillHelen JonesSir Oliver LetwinSeema MalhotraRichard BenyonLiz McInnesAlistair BurtRichard BurdenJohn StevensonMr Ivan LewisPaul MastertonSir Mark HendrickBen LakeIan C. LucasBill EstersonKarin SmythRushanara AliGeorge Eustice

That this House –

(1) directs Her Majesty’s Government to –

(i) renegotiate the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 11 March 2019 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’ to provide that, on the conclusion of the Implementation Period and no later than 31 December 2020, the United Kingdom shall –

(a) accede to the European Free Trade Association (Efta) having negotiated a derogation from Article 56(3) of the Efta Agreement to allow UK participation in a comprehensive customs arrangement with the European Union,

(b) enter the Efta Pillar of the European Economic Area (EEA) and thereby render operational the United Kingdom’s continuing status as a party to the EEA Agreement and continuing participation in the Single Market,

(c) agree relevant protocols relating to frictionless agri-food trade across the UK/EU border,

(d) enter a comprehensive customs arrangement including a common external tariff, alignment with the Union Customs Code and an agreement on commercial policy, and which includes a UK say on future EU trade deals, at least until alternative arrangements that maintain frictionless trade with the European Union and no hard border on the island of Ireland have been agreed with the European Union,

(ii) negotiate with the EU a legally binding Joint Instrument that confirms that, in accordance with Article 2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland of the Withdrawal Agreement, the implementation of all the provisions of paragraph 1 (i) of this motion would cause the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to be superseded in full;

(2) resolves to make support for the forthcoming European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill conditional upon the inclusion of provisions for a Political Declaration revised in accordance with the provisions of this motion to be the legally binding negotiating mandate for Her Majesty’s Government in the forthcoming negotiation of the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

OP button(E) Confirmatory public vote

Peter Kyle

Phil Wilson

Justine Greening

Margaret Beckett

Caroline Lucas

Dr Phillip Lee

Mr Dominic GrieveSir Vince CableLiz Saville RobertsJohn CryerRachel ReevesMeg HillierMary CreaghLilian GreenwoodKate GreenMr George HowarthJoanna CherryDr Philippa WhitfordIan MurrayMr Paul SweeneyMartin WhitfieldDebbie AbrahamsHeidi AllenDr Rosena Allin-KhanTonia AntoniazziLuciana BergerDr Roberta Blackman-WoodsMr Ben BradshawTom BrakeChris BryantMs Karen BuckRuth CadburyMr Alistair CarmichaelAnn CoffeyAlex CunninghamSir Edward DaveyGeraint DaviesMarsha De CordovaAnneliese DoddsStephen DoughtyRosie DuffieldMaria EagleJonathan EdwardsJulie ElliottTim FarronJames FrithMike GapesPreet Kaur GillJohn GroganWera HobhouseDame Margaret HodgeDr Rupa HuqChristine JardineDarren JonesSarah JonesSusan Elan JonesLiz KendallGed KillenBen LakeNorman LambMr Chris LeslieClive LewisHolly LynchKerry McCarthyMr Pat McFaddenAlison McGovernCatherine McKinnellAnna McMorrinSeema MalhotraSandy MartinRachael MaskellChristian MathesonMrs Madeleine MoonLayla MoranJess PhillipsBridget PhillipsonEllie ReevesLloyd Russell-MoyleJoan RyanMr Virendra SharmaMr Barry SheermanMr Gavin ShukerTulip SiddiqAndy SlaughterAngela SmithOwen SmithAlex SobelAnna SoubryJo StevensJamie StoneWes StreetingJo SwinsonGareth ThomasStephen TimmsAnna TurleyChuka UmunnaCatherine WestMatt WesternHywel WilliamsDr Paul WilliamsDr Sarah WollastonStephen MorganRichard Burden

That this House will not allow in this Parliament the implementation and ratification of any withdrawal agreement and any framework for the future relationship unless and until they have been approved by the people of the United Kingdom in a confirmatory public vote.

OP button(F) Public vote to prevent no deal

Graham P Jones

Mr Dominic Grieve

That this House considers that it would be appropriate to commit to the holding of a public vote if it were necessary to prevent the United Kingdon leaving the European Union without a deal.

OP button(G) Parliamentary Supremacy

Joanna Cherry

Mr Dominic Grieve

Sir Vince Cable

Liz Saville Roberts

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Mr Ben Bradshaw

Caroline LucasStephen GethinsMr Alistair CarmichaelTommy SheppardDeidre BrockKirsty BlackmanHywel WilliamsChris StephensDouglas ChapmanDr Philippa WhitfordHannah BardellTom BrakeJo SwinsonJamie StoneWera HobhouseLayla MoranTim FarronAnna SoubryMr Chris LeslieChuka UmunnaHeidi AllenMike GapesAnn CoffeyLuciana BergerMr Gavin ShukerAngela SmithJoan RyanMartin WhitfieldIan MurrayPaul FarrellyAnna McMorrinGed KillenRushanara AliEmma Dent CoadMs Marie RimmerMr David LammyMhairi BlackIan BlackfordAlan BrownDr Lisa CameronRonnie CowanAngela CrawleyMartyn DayMartin Docherty-HughesMarion FellowsPatricia GibsonPatrick GradyPeter GrantNeil GrayDrew HendryStewart HosieChris LawDavid LindenAngus Brendan MacNeilStewart Malcolm McDonaldStuart C. McDonaldJohn McNallyCarol MonaghanGavin NewlandsBrendan O’HaraAlison ThewlissPete Wishart

That -

(1) If, at midday on the second last Day before exit day, the condition specified in section 13(1)(d) of the Act (the passing of legislation approving a withdrawal agreement) is not satisfied, Her Majesty’s Government must immediately seek the agreement of the European Council under Article 50(3) of the Treaty to extend the date upon which the Treaties shall cease to apply to the United Kingdom;

(2) If, at midday on the last Day before exit day, no agreement has been reached (pursuant to (1) above) to extend the date upon which the Treaties shall cease to apply to the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Government must immediately put a motion to the House of Commons asking it to approve ‘No Deal’;

(3) If the House does not approve the motion at (2) above, Her Majesty’s Government must immediately ensure that the notice given to the European Council under Article 50 of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union is revoked in accordance with United Kingdom and European law;

(4) If the United Kingdom’s notice under Article 50 is revoked pursuant to (3) above a Minister of Her Majesty’s Government shall cause an inquiry to be held under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the question whether a model of a future relationship with the European Union likely to be acceptable to the European Union is likely to have majority support in the United Kingdom;

(5) If there is, a referendum shall be held on the question whether to trigger Article 50 and renegotiate that model;

(6) The Inquiry under paragraph (4) shall start within three months of the revocation; and

(7) References in this Motion to “Days” are to House of Commons sitting days; references to “exit day” are references to exit day as defined in the Act; references to the Act are to The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018; and references to the Treaty are to the Treaty on European Union.

OP button(H) EFTA and EEA

George Eustice

Jack Dromey

Julian Sturdy

Robert Halfon

Gordon Henderson

Damian Green

Paul MastertonPeter AldousSarah NewtonGlyn DaviesAlistair BurtDame Caroline SpelmanChris DaviesDerek ThomasGeorge FreemanAndrew Percy

That this House notes that the motion to agree the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between Her Majesty’s Government and the European Union was defeated on 29 March; further notes that the Government must, under the agreement made at the EU Council on 22 March, indicate a way forward for consideration by the EU by 12 April; acknowledges that this House has previously expressed its reluctance to leave the EU without an agreement and therefore calls on the Government to -

(a) assert the UK’s existing rights and obligations as a signatory to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Area

(b) indicate to the EU before 12 April that the UK intends to rejoin the European Free Trade Association at the earliest opportunity to make its rights and obligations as an EEA member operable

(c) agree with the EU a further short extension to the UK’s membership of the EU during which accession to the EFTA pillar can be concluded and

(d) negotiate with the EU additional protocols relating to the Northern Ireland border and agri-food trade.