As there is much tension around this issue and there are various rumours spreading, this message has come from the Office of Martin Callanan this afternoon,Monday 24th Feb, 2013.
Re Split and Separate Votes:
We won’t know until tomorrow, after all the groups have made their submissions. I think it’s likely that he will allow ‘Splits and Separates’ BUT will take the vote on the whole trialogue agreement first. Then, if that is passed (which is very probable), all other votes will fall.
If that is the decided vote order, then before the vote starts, I will formally move on behalf of the ECR that the whole directive is referred back to the Envi committee because of Para 18. This will give MEPs who are supportive of e-cigs the chance to signal their support without voting against the whole TPD. This will most likely fail, but at least we will have tried!