European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Commons Stages

08 February 2017

MPs debated the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill in a Committee of the whole House on Wednesday 8 February 2017. No amendments were made to the Bill in Committee.

The Bill passed Third Reading by 494 votes to 122 (Division No. 161). The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Commons Stages on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

First Reading

The Bill was presented to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Thursday 26 January 2017. This stage is formal and takes place without debate.

Second Reading 

The Second Reading of the Bill took place over two days on Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1 February 2017. The Bill passed Second Reading by 498 votes to 114 (Division No. 135)

Committee of the whole House 

No amendments were made to the Bill during Committee Stage.

Monday 6 February 2017

The amendments selected by the Chairman of Ways and Means were debated in two groups.

The first group to be debated related to parliamentary scrutiny of the process for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, including rights of EU citizens in the UK. The second group to be debated covered devolved administrations or legislatures.

Tuesday 7 February 2017

The amendments selected by the Chairman of Ways and Means were debated in two groups.

The first group to be debated related to a vote on the final terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The second group covered proposals for impact assessments.

Wednesday 8 February 2017

The amendments selected by the Chairman of Ways and Means were discussed in a wide-ranging debate covering priorities for negotiations with the EU on the UK’s withdrawal, and other issues not covered fully in earlier debates, such as implications for Gibraltar and membership of Euratom.  

What is a Committee of the whole House?

A Committee of the whole House is sometimes used instead of a Public Bill Committee for some or all of a Bill's committee stage in the Commons. It takes place in the main chamber and allows all MPs to take part in the debate and make decisions on the Bill's contents.

When the House sits as a committee it is chaired by the Chairman of Ways and Means (Deputy Speaker) from a seat at the Table of the House. The Chairman of Ways and Means is responsible for the selection and grouping of amendments for a Committee of the whole House. Committees of the whole House are favoured for Bills of constitutional or ethical importance and for parts of the annual Finance Bill.).

Report Stage

When a Bill has its committee stage in a Committee of the whole House and is not amended it does not have a Report Stage. (Standing Order 72)

Third Reading

The Bill passed Third Reading by 494 to 122 votes (Division No. 161)

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

Summary of the Bill

"Bill to confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU."

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal ) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has produced briefing papers on the Bill and the Article 50 process.

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