Debate on a referendum on the deal for the UK's exit from the European Union
7 December 2017
The Petitions Committee schedules a debate on a referendum on the deal for the UK's exit from the European Union after four e-petitions are started on petition.parliament.uk.
- Watch Parliament TV: referendum of the deal for the UK's exit from the European Union
- Read the petition: Hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal
- Read the petition: Reject all demands from the EU for penalty charges for Brexit
- Read the petition: Put the final Brexit deal to a referendum with revoking Article 50 as an option
- Read the petition: No referendum on the final deal for the UK to remain in the European Union
- Read: Library debate pack
- Petitions Committee
Monday 11 December, 4.30pm, Westminster Hall.
The debate, led by Susan Elan Jones MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, is on the motion “That this House has considered e-petitions 200004, 187570, 193282 and 200311 relating to a referendum on the deal for the UK's exit from the European Union."
Why is this petition being debated?
The Petitions Committee has the power to schedule debates on e-petitions in the House of Commons Second Chamber, Westminster Hall. It considers all petitions which receive over 100,000 signatures for debate. In deciding which petitions should be debated, it takes into account how many people have signed the petition, the topicality of the issue raised, whether the issue has recently been debated in Parliament, and the breadth of interest among MPs.
What will the petition debate achieve?
Debates on petitions in Westminster Hall are general debates about the issues raised by the petition. MPs can discuss the petition and, if they wish, ask questions about the Government's position on the issue or press the Government to take action. A Government Minister takes part in the debate and answers the points raised. These debates help to raise the profile of a campaign and could influence decision-making in Government and Parliament. Petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition. Creating new laws, or changing existing ones, can only be done through the parliamentary legislative process which involves a number of debates, and detailed consideration of the law in draft, in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This process is normally started by the Government, although there are some ways in which individual MPs or members of the House of Lords who are not in the Government (known as "backbenchers") can ask Parliament to consider new laws.
- Contact your MP and tell them why this debate is important to you
- Attend the debate
- Start your own petition