The Benn amendment is the latest to be voted out in Parliament, as MPs continue to deliberate how the UK exits the EU later this year. This is the third day of voting and has seen Parliament reject Theresa May’s revised bill, and vote against allowing the country to exit without a deal in place. Another collection of amendments are underway today, culminating in a vote on the motion to extend article 50, which ultimately extends the Brexit date past March 29. Voting on the Benn amendment revealed which MPs would have power taken away from the Prime Minister and given to Parliament in deciding the path of Brexit.
The Benn amendment essentially called for Parliament to be able to decide the path forward for Brexit.
The amendment would have enabled the House of Commons “to find a way forward that can command majority support”.
This means the House of Commons and Lords would be allowed to decide what kind of Brexit deal should be negotiated.
The amendment was ultimately defeated by a majority of two, 314 votes to 312.
Which MPs rebelled against Theresa May?
Sebastian Payne, the Financial Times’ Whitehall correspondent, revealed the list of Conservative MPs who had voted against Mrs May.
According to him, some 16 conservative MPs backed the Benn amendment.
The Press Association revealed a different list of six Labour MPs who voted against the Benn amendment.
The 16 Tory MPs who backed the Benn amendment were:
– Guto Bebb
– Richard Benyon
– Nick Boles
– Ken Clarke
– Jonathan Djanogly
– George Freeman
– Justine Greening
– Dominic Grieve
– Sam Gyimah
– Rob Halfon
– Philip Lee
– Oliver Letwin
– Antoinette Sandbach
– Nick Soames
– John Stevenson
– Ed Vaizey
The six Labour MPs who voted against the Benn amendment were:
– Kevin Barron
– Ronnie Campbell
– Caroline Flint
– Kate Hoey
– John Mann
– Graham Stringer