Occasions When UK MPs Have Been Divided on Greater European Union Integration


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. 11:33am


Votes in the UK Parliament show where UK MPs have been divided on the subject of greater integration with Europe. Here are twenty-five of the most recent such votes:

  • 23 Mar 2016: The majority of MPs voted to approve the Government’s assessment of the UK’s medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. [Part of the EU's monitoring of the UK's compliance with the EU's economic governance rules].
  • 14 Mar 2016 at 19:30: The majority of MPs voted to take account of carbon dioxide emissions traded via the European Union to Emissions Trading Scheme when calculating the state of the UK carbon account for periods from 2028.
  • 9 Mar 2016: The majority of MPs voted against opting in to a European Union proposal for a directive on combating terrorism, instead supporting work directly with other countries and recognising that national security is a matter for individual nations through their sovereign Parliaments.
  • 24 Feb 2016: The majority of MPs voted to bring in a requirement for digital tachographs for the enforcement of rules on driving time and rest periods for drivers of road haulage and passenger transport vehicles.
  • 14 Dec 2015: The majority of MPs voted to support the Government’s decision not to opt into a European Union response to disproportionate migration into certain states involving measures to relocate individuals in need of international protection (asylum).
  • 19 Nov 2014: The majority of MPs voted for the UK to rejoin a series of European Union schemes for closer police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters.
  • 10 Nov 2014: The majority of MPs voted for continued close working between the UK and other European Union states on criminal justice as well as for associated data protection measures.
  • 30 Apr 2014: The majority of MPs voted to approve the Government’s assessment of the UK’s medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission.
  • 27 Jan 2014: The majority of MPs voted in favour of a €185 million EU “Europe for Citizens” programme of activities and to require EU institutions to deposit their archives at the European University Institute.
  • 27 Jan 2014: The majority of MPs voted not to limit the EU’s “Europe for Citizens” programme to education about, and reflection on, the Holocaust, armed conflicts and totalitarian regimes in Europe’s history and against explicitly forbidding the programme from promoting European citizenship, integration or institutions.
  • 22 Jan 2014: The majority of MPs voted to support the that view that promoting jobs and growth in the EU, including by completing the EU Single Market, is the top priority.
  • 17 Jan 2014: The majority of MPs voted against a proposal to restrict the entitlement of non-UK citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to UK taxpayer-funded benefits.
  • 13 Jan 2014: The majority of MPs voted in favour of a €185 million EU “Europe for Citizens” programme of activities and to require EU institutions to deposit their archives at the European University Institute.
  • 4 Dec 2013: The majority of MPs voted in favour of an EU trade agreement with Colombia and Peru.
  • 15 Jul 2013: The majority of MPs voted to opt into Europol’s European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training so long as Europol is not given the power to direct national law enforcement agencies to initiate investigations or share data that conflicts with national security; and against considering the views of the Association of Chief Police Officers when deciding when to opt in.
  • 15 Jul 2013: The majority of MPs voted to opt out of all EU police and criminal justice measures adopted before December 2009 then seek to rejoin those where it is in the national interest to do so.
  • 15 Jul 2013: The majority of MPs voted to reject a proposal to add a condition to the UK’s proposed opt out from EU police and criminal justice measures requiring continuing participation in the European Arrest Warrant and other joint processes.
  • 22 Apr 2013: The majority of MPs voted to approve the Government’s assessment of the UK’s medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission.
  • 6 Nov 2012: The majority of MPs voted against the UK’s involvement in a European Supervisory Authority, the European Banking Authority.
  • 31 Oct 2012: The majority of MPs voted to call on the UK Government to seek a real terms cut in the European Union budget.
  • 17 Oct 2012: The majority of MPs voted in favour of proposed European Union action to regulate emissions of pollutants, particularly sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides from ships.
  • 10 Sep 2012: The majority of MPs voted against requiring a report on the impact of the European Stability Mechanism on the economic performance of the European Union.
  • 10 Sep 2012: The majority of MPs voted against requiring a report on the impact of the European Stability Mechanism on the risks to the interests and obligations of the United Kingdom from eurozone instability.
  • 12 Jul 2012: The majority of MPs voted against stating the Prime Minister’s failure to secure allies had weakened the UK’s ability to negotiate the EU budget but in favour of saying the 2005 decision to give away parts of the UK rebate had caused UK contributions to the EU to rise.
  • 27 Jun 2012: The majority of MPs voted to support of the Government’s approach to reducing the deficit and promoting growth, as well as to support the policy of seeking assurances the UK cannot be subject to EU sanctions in relation to EU economic measures.

This information is available on PublicWhip and within voting records shown on TheyWorkForYou. I have merely presented the list of the most recent twenty-five votes in a different way here as I thought it might be of interest in the run up to the referendum. Very recent votes eligible to be on the list might have been excluded.

This is a personal blog post.

Declaration: I am paid by mySociety/UKCOD to describe MP’s votes. A number of people have worked on the describing and collecting the votes on EU integration both as volunteers and for money.

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