House of Commons bans virtual voting, opts for a queue

Posted On: Jun 2, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

House of Commons bans virtual voting, opts for a queue

LONDON - The House of Commons proved Tuesday just how much it loves a queue.
MPs backed a proposal to end virtual voting in the U.K.'s lower chamber, casting their votes using a socially-distanced queuing system for the first time.
Standing in a long line stretching from the chamber through to Westminster Hall and out of the building, roughly two-thirds of MPs slowly edged their way into the chamber to cast their votes in a process that took just over 45 minutes.
The system replaces the usual "divisions," which see MPs walk through either the Aye or No lobby and usually take around 15 minutes, even if all 639 voting members are present.
Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg, who drew up the plan, said parliament must be conducted in person, asserting that during the pandemic MPs have "not been doing the important work of legislating" and that "voting while on a sunny walk or watching television does democracy a disservice."
Many of his colleagues, who spent much of the afternoon waiting in what has been dubbed...

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