Lords defeat Government on ‘meaningful vote’: debate highlights and how peers voted

Lords defeat Government on ‘meaningful vote’: debate highlights and how peers voted

The House of Lords has defeated the Government once again on the latest iteration of the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by 354 to 235 votes.

The Remain-dominated House delivered a majority of 119 in favour of Viscount Hailsham’s ‘meaningful vote’ amendment to the Bill which would effectively give Parliament a veto on any Brexit deal.

MPs will be asked to reverse the amendment, an adapted and lengthier version of Dominic Grieve’s amendment, on Wednesday.

Grieve, who tabled the initial amendment, was at the bar of the House to watch proceedings along with other anti-Brexit MPs including Anna Soubry, Antoinette Sandbach and Chris Leslie.

Lord Hailsham, who described his amendment as “Grieve 2”, said it would kick in if there was no agreement by 21st January 2019, forcing the Government to make a proposal as to how they wished to proceed which MPs would then vote on.

“The Government’s amendment not only fails to deliver the promised meaningful vote. That would be an act of omission and bad enough,” he said. “But this is far worse. The Government is seeking to make the promised meaningful vote impossible and that is an act of commission contrary to what ministers have promised.”

Hailsham said peers should back his amendment because the Government had failed to deliver on its promise and because it was in the national interest to do so. He also called the triggering of Article 50 before there was “a firm policy” a “serious error of judgement”.

However, the Leader of the Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park – who spoke for the Government – said she was disappointed to see Lord Hailsham’s amendment to the Bill and added that it wasn’t right that Lords could have a veto on the deal. She said Hailsham’s amendment was a replication of Dominic Grieve’s amendment which she said contained “major flaws”.

She added: “Importantly we removed Parliament’s power to give binding negotiation directions to the Government. As discussed at length this would represent a profound constitutional shift in terms of which branch of the state holds the right to act in the international sphere.”

There were some tense exchanges in the chamber after it was put to Hailsham by Lord Robathan that he was trying “at all costs to destroy Brexit”, to which Hailsham admitted: “I don’t believe in Brexit… I think it’s a national calamity”.

Lord True told Hailsham that people outside Parliament were “getting tired of the Parliamentary games” and wanted to know when Brexit will be delivered. He tabled his own amendment which would not have allowed any motion or resolution debated under the meaningful vote procedure to be binding on the Government or to prevent or delay Brexit, but withdrew it at the Government’s request.


Peers who voted for the Hailsham/Grieve amendment:


Bishops voting for the amendment (3) ====================

Durham, Bishop
Lincoln, Bishop
Worcester, Bishop =================================

Conservatives voting for the amendment (22)

Altmann, Baroness
Arbuthnot of Edrom, Lord
Balfe, Lord
Bowness, Lord
Cooper of Windrush, Lord
Cormack, Lord
Deben, Lord
Green of Hurstpierpoint, Lord
Hailsham, Viscount
Heseltine, Lord
Higgins, Lord
Inglewood, Lord
Kirkhope of Harrogate, Lord
Livingston of Parkhead, Lord
McIntosh of Pickering, Baroness
Northbrook, Lord
Patten of Barnes, Lord
Prior of Brampton, Lord
Tugendhat, Lord
Warsi, Baroness
Wheatcroft, Baroness
Willetts, Lord ===================================

Crossbenchers voting for the amendment (82)

Aberdare, Lord
Alton of Liverpool, Lord
Berkeley of Knighton, Lord
Bichard, Lord
Bilimoria, Lord
Birt, Lord
Blair of Boughton, Lord
Boothroyd, Baroness
Broers, Lord
Brown of Cambridge, Baroness
Butler of Brockwell, Lord
Butler-Sloss, Baroness
Campbell of Surbiton, Baroness
Carlile of Berriew, Lord
Clancarty, Earl
Collins of Mapesbury, Lord
Colville of Culross, Viscount
Cork and Orrery, Earl
Coussins, Baroness
D’Souza, Baroness
Dykes, Lord
Eames, Lord
Elystan-Morgan, Lord
Falkland, Viscount
Finlay of Llandaff, Baroness
Freyberg, Lord
Greengross, Baroness
Grey-Thompson, Baroness
Hannay of Chiswick, Lord
Harries of Pentregarth, Lord
Haskins, Lord
Hayman, Baroness
Hennessy of Nympsfield, Lord
Hoffmann, Lord
Hogg, Baroness
Hollins, Baroness
Hope of Craighead, Lord
Howe of Idlicote, Baroness
Hylton, Lord
Janvrin, Lord
Jay of Ewelme, Lord
Kerr of Kinlochard, Lord
Kidron, Baroness
Krebs, Lord
Lane-Fox of Soho, Baroness
Listowel, Earl
Lisvane, Lord
Loomba, Lord
Low of Dalston, Lord
Macpherson of Earl’s Court, Lord
Mair, Lord
Malloch-Brown, Lord
Mar, Countess
Masham of Ilton, Baroness
Meacher, Baroness
Mitchell, Lord
Morgan of Drefelin, Baroness
Neuberger, Baroness
O’Donnell, Lord
O’Neill of Bengarve, Baroness
Ouseley, Lord
Pannick, Lord
Patel, Lord
Prashar, Baroness
Rees of Ludlow, Lord
Richardson of Calow, Baroness
Ricketts, Lord
Russell of Liverpool, Lord
Sandwich, Earl
Somerset, Duke
Stern of Brentford, Lord
Stern, Baroness
Turnbull, Lord
Turner of Ecchinswell, Lord
Vaux of Harrowden, Lord
Warner, Lord
Watkins of Tavistock, Baroness
Waverley, Viscount
Wilson of Dinton, Lord
Wilson of Tillyorn, Lord
Woolf, Lord
Young of Hornsey, Baroness  =============================

Labour voting for the amendment (147)

Adonis, Lord
Allen of Kensington, Lord
Alli, Lord
Anderson of Swansea, Lord
Andrews, Baroness
Armstrong of Hill Top, Baroness
Bach, Lord
Bassam of Brighton, Lord
Beecham, Lord
Berkeley, Lord
Bhattacharyya, Lord
Billingham, Baroness
Blood, Baroness
Blunkett, Lord
Boateng, Lord
Bradley, Lord
Bragg, Lord
Brennan, Lord
Brooke of Alverthorpe, Lord
Brookman, Lord
Browne of Ladyton, Lord
Campbell-Savours, Lord
Carter of Coles, Lord
Cashman, Lord
Chakrabarti, Baroness
Chandos, Viscount
Christopher, Lord
Clark of Windermere, Lord
Cohen of Pimlico, Baroness
Collins of Highbury, Lord
Corston, Baroness
Crawley, Baroness
Cunningham of Felling, Lord
Davidson of Glen Clova, Lord
Davies of Oldham, Lord
Davies of Stamford, Lord
Donaghy, Baroness
Donoughue, Lord
Drake, Baroness
Drayson, Lord
Dubs, Lord
Elder, Lord
Evans of Watford, Lord
Falconer of Thoroton, Lord
Faulkner of Worcester, Lord
Foulkes of Cumnock, Lord
Gale, Baroness
Giddens, Lord
Goldsmith, Lord
Gordon of Strathblane, Lord
Goudie, Baroness
Grantchester, Lord
Griffiths of Burry Port, Lord
Hain, Lord
Hanworth, Viscount
Harris of Haringey, Lord
Haskel, Lord
Haworth, Lord
Hayter of Kentish Town, Baroness
Healy of Primrose Hill, Baroness
Henig, Baroness
Hilton of Eggardon, Baroness
Hollick, Lord
Howells of St Davids, Baroness
Hughes of Woodside, Lord
Hunt of Kings Heath, Lord
Irvine of Lairg, Lord
Jay of Paddington, Baroness
Jones of Whitchurch, Baroness
Jones, Lord
Judd, Lord
Kennedy of Cradley, Baroness
Kennedy of Southwark, Lord
Kennedy of The Shaws, Baroness
Kingsmill, Baroness
Kinnock of Holyhead, Baroness
Kinnock, Lord
Knight of Weymouth, Lord
Layard, Lord
Lea of Crondall, Lord
Leitch, Lord
Lennie, Lord
Levy, Lord
Liddell of Coatdyke, Baroness
Liddle, Lord
Lister of Burtersett, Baroness
Livermore, Lord
MacKenzie of Culkein, Lord
Massey of Darwen, Baroness
Maxton, Lord
McAvoy, Lord
McConnell of Glenscorrodale, Lord
McDonagh, Baroness
McIntosh of Hudnall, Baroness
McKenzie of Luton, Lord
Monks, Lord
Morgan of Huyton, Baroness
Morgan, Lord
Morris of Handsworth, Lord
Morris of Yardley, Baroness
Murphy of Torfaen, Lord
Nye, Baroness
Parekh, Lord
Pendry, Lord
Pitkeathley, Baroness
Plant of Highfield, Lord
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, Lord
Prescott, Lord
Primarolo, Baroness
Prosser, Baroness
Quin, Baroness
Radice, Lord
Ramsay of Cartvale, Baroness
Rea, Lord
Rebuck, Baroness
Reid of Cardowan, Lord
Robertson of Port Ellen, Lord
Rogers of Riverside, Lord
Rooker, Lord
Rosser, Lord
Royall of Blaisdon, Baroness
Sherlock, Baroness
Simon, Viscount
Smith of Basildon, Baroness
Snape, Lord
Soley, Lord
Stevenson of Balmacara, Lord
Stone of Blackheath, Lord
Taylor of Bolton, Baroness
Thornton, Baroness
Tomlinson, Lord
Touhig, Lord
Triesman, Lord
Tunnicliffe, Lord
Turnberg, Lord
Warwick of Undercliffe, Baroness
Watson of Invergowrie, Lord
Watts, Lord
Wheeler, Baroness
Whitaker, Baroness
Whitty, Lord
Williams of Elvel, Lord
Winston, Lord
Wood of Anfield, Lord
Woolmer of Leeds, Lord
Young of Norwood Green, Lord
Young of Old Scone, Baroness ============================

Liberal Democrats voting for the amendment (87)

Addington, Lord
Alderdice, Lord
Allan of Hallam, Lord
Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, Lord
Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Baroness
Barker, Baroness
Beith, Lord
Benjamin, Baroness
Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Baroness
Bowles of Berkhamsted, Baroness
Bradshaw, Lord
Brinton, Baroness
Bruce of Bennachie, Lord
Burnett, Lord
Burt of Solihull, Baroness
Campbell of Pittenweem, Lord
Chidgey, Lord
Clement-Jones, Lord
Cotter, Lord
Dholakia, Lord
Doocey, Baroness
Featherstone, Baroness
Foster of Bath, Lord
Fox, Lord
Garden of Frognal, Baroness
German, Lord
Glasgow, Earl
Goddard of Stockport, Lord
Grender, Baroness
Hamwee, Baroness
Harris of Richmond, Baroness
Humphreys, Baroness
Hussain, Lord
Hussein-Ece, Baroness
Janke, Baroness
Jolly, Baroness
Jones of Cheltenham, Lord
Kirkwood of Kirkhope, Lord
Kramer, Baroness
Lee of Trafford, Lord
Ludford, Baroness
Maclennan of Rogart, Lord
Maddock, Baroness
Marks of Henley-on-Thames, Lord
McNally, Lord
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Baroness
Newby, Lord
Northover, Baroness
Paddick, Lord
Palmer of Childs Hill, Lord
Parminter, Baroness
Pinnock, Baroness
Purvis of Tweed, Lord
Randerson, Baroness
Razzall, Lord
Rennard, Lord
Roberts of Llandudno, Lord
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, Lord
Scott of Needham Market, Baroness
Sharkey, Lord
Sheehan, Baroness
Shipley, Lord
Shutt of Greetland, Lord
Smith of Newnham, Baroness
Steel of Aikwood, Lord
Stephen, Lord
Stoneham of Droxford, Lord
Storey, Lord
Strasburger, Lord
Stunell, Lord
Suttie, Baroness
Taylor of Goss Moor, Lord
Teverson, Lord
Thomas of Gresford, Lord
Thomas of Winchester, Baroness
Thornhill, Baroness
Thurso, Viscount
Tope, Lord
Tyler of Enfield, Baroness
Tyler, Lord
Vallance of Tummel, Lord
Verjee, Lord
Wallace of Saltaire, Lord
Wallace of Tankerness, Lord
Walmsley, Baroness
Willis of Knaresborough, Lord
Wrigglesworth, Lord

Others voting for the amendment (13)

Bhatia, Lord
Blackstone, Baroness
Cavendish of Little Venice, Baroness
Filkin, Lord
Jones of Moulsecoomb, Baroness
Lipsey, Lord
Macdonald of River Glaven, Lord
Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, Lord
Smith of Finsbury, Lord
Tonge, Baroness
Truscott, Lord
Uddin, Baroness
Wigley, Lord

And the Peers who voted against the amendment and with the Government:

Conservatives opposing the amendment (197)

Agnew of Oulton, Lord
Ahmad of Wimbledon, Lord
Anelay of St Johns, Baroness
Arran, Earl
Ashton of Hyde, Lord
Astor of Hever, Lord
Astor, Viscount
Attlee, Earl
Baker of Dorking, Lord
Bamford, Lord
Barker of Battle, Lord
Bates, Lord
Berridge, Baroness
Bertin, Baroness
Black of Brentwood, Lord
Blackwell, Lord
Blencathra, Lord
Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist, Baroness
Borwick, Lord
Bourne of Aberystwyth, Lord
Brabazon of Tara, Lord
Brady, Baroness
Bridgeman, Viscount
Brougham and Vaux, Lord
Browning, Baroness
Buscombe, Baroness
Byford, Baroness
Caine, Lord
Caithness, Earl
Callanan, Lord
Carrington of Fulham, Lord
Cathcart, Earl
Cavendish of Furness, Lord
Chadlington, Lord
Chalker of Wallasey, Baroness
Chisholm of Owlpen, Baroness
Coe, Lord
Colgrain, Lord
Colwyn, Lord
Cope of Berkeley, Lord
Courtown, Earl
Couttie, Baroness
Crathorne, Lord
Cumberlege, Baroness
De Mauley, Lord
Deighton, Lord
Dixon-Smith, Lord
Dobbs, Lord
Duncan of Springbank, Lord
Dundee, Earl
Dunlop, Lord
Eaton, Baroness
Eccles of Moulton, Baroness
Eccles, Viscount
Elton, Lord
Evans of Bowes Park, Baroness
Fairfax of Cameron, Lord
Fairhead, Baroness
Fall, Baroness
Farmer, Lord
Faulks, Lord
Fellowes of West Stafford, Lord
Fink, Lord
Finkelstein, Lord
Finn, Baroness
Flight, Lord
Fookes, Baroness
Forsyth of Drumlean, Lord
Framlingham, Lord
Fraser of Corriegarth, Lord
Freud, Lord
Gardiner of Kimble, Lord
Gardner of Parkes, Baroness
Garel-Jones, Lord
Geddes, Lord
Gilbert of Panteg, Lord
Glendonbrook, Lord
Gold, Lord
Goldie, Baroness
Goodlad, Lord
Goschen, Viscount
Griffiths of Fforestfach, Lord
Hague of Richmond, Lord
Hamilton of Epsom, Lord
Hanham, Baroness
Harding of Winscombe, Baroness
Harris of Peckham, Lord
Hayward, Lord
Helic, Baroness
Henley, Lord
Hill of Oareford, Lord
Hodgson of Abinger, Baroness
Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, Lord
Holmes of Richmond, Lord
Home, Earl
Hooper, Baroness
Horam, Lord
Howard of Lympne, Lord
Howard of Rising, Lord
Howe, Earl
Howell of Guildford, Lord
Hunt of Wirral, Lord
James of Blackheath, Lord
Jenkin of Kennington, Baroness
Keen of Elie, Lord
King of Bridgwater, Lord
Kirkham, Lord
Lamont of Lerwick, Lord
Lang of Monkton, Lord
Lawson of Blaby, Lord
Leigh of Hurley, Lord
Lexden, Lord
Lindsay, Earl
Lingfield, Lord
Liverpool, Earl
Lothian, Marquess
Lucas, Lord
Lupton, Lord
MacGregor of Pulham Market, Lord
Mackay of Clashfern, Lord
Magan of Castletown, Lord
Mancroft, Lord
Manzoor, Baroness
Marland, Lord
Marlesford, Lord
Maude of Horsham, Lord
McColl of Dulwich, Lord
McGregor-Smith, Baroness
McInnes of Kilwinning, Lord
Montrose, Duke
Morris of Bolton, Baroness
Moynihan, Lord
Naseby, Lord
Nash, Lord
Neville-Rolfe, Baroness
Newlove, Baroness
Nicholson of Winterbourne, Baroness
Noakes, Baroness
Norton of Louth, Lord
O’Cathain, Baroness
Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness
O’Shaughnessy, Lord
Patten, Lord
Pidding, Baroness
Popat, Lord
Price, Lord
Rawlings, Baroness
Redfern, Baroness
Ribeiro, Lord
Ridley, Viscount
Risby, Lord
Robathan, Lord
Rock, Baroness
Rotherwick, Lord
Ryder of Wensum, Lord
Sassoon, Lord
Scott of Bybrook, Baroness
Seccombe, Baroness
Selborne, Earl
Selkirk of Douglas, Lord
Selsdon, Lord
Shackleton of Belgravia, Baroness
Sheikh, Lord
Shephard of Northwold, Baroness
Sherbourne of Didsbury, Lord
Shinkwin, Lord
Shrewsbury, Earl
Smith of Hindhead, Lord
Spicer, Lord
Stedman-Scott, Baroness
Sterling of Plaistow, Lord
Strathclyde, Lord
Stroud, Baroness
Sugg, Baroness
Suri, Lord
Swinfen, Lord
Taylor of Holbeach, Lord
Tebbit, Lord
Trefgarne, Lord
Trenchard, Viscount
Trimble, Lord
True, Lord
Ullswater, Viscount
Vere of Norbiton, Baroness
Vinson, Lord
Wakeham, Lord
Waldegrave of North Hill, Lord
Wasserman, Lord
Wei, Lord
Whitby, Lord
Wilcox, Baroness
Williams of Trafford, Baroness
Wolfson of Aspley Guise, Lord
Wyld, Baroness
Young of Cookham, Lord
Young of Graffham, Lord
Younger of Leckie, Viscount ========================

Crossbenchers opposing the amendment (24)

Bew, Lord
Cameron of Dillington, Lord
Craig of Radley, Lord
Craigavon, Viscount
Cromwell, Lord
Dannatt, Lord
Deech, Baroness
Erroll, Earl
Fellowes, Lord
Green of Deddington, Lord
Greenway, Lord
Hogan-Howe, Lord
Judge, Lord
Kakkar, Lord
Lytton, Earl
Mawson, Lord
Mountevans, Lord
Palmer, Lord
Powell of Bayswater, Lord
Slim, Viscount
St John of Bletso, Lord
Thurlow, Lord
Trevethin and Oaksey, Lord
Wolf of Dulwich, Baroness ==================================

Labour opposing the amendment (1) =========================

Mallalieu, Baroness ========================

Liberal Democrat opposing the amendment (1)

Falkner of Margravine, Baroness

Other peers who opposed the amendment (12)

Browne of Belmont, Lord
Empey, Lord
Hay of Ballyore, Lord
Kalms, Lord
Morrow, Lord
Owen, Lord
Pearson of Rannoch, Lord
Rogan, Lord
Stevens of Ludgate, Lord
Stoddart of Swindon, Lord
Stowell of Beeston, Baroness
Willoughby de Broke, Lord