EU Treaty To Become UK Law|
By Toby Helm
Last Updated: 2:54am GMT 07/11/2007
The EU Reform Treaty will be transformed into United
Kingdom law by an EU Reform Treaty Bill that is expected to be
introduced into Parliament early in the New Year.
The Treaty will be formally agreed by Gordon Brown
and the 26 other EU heads of state and government at a ceremony in
Lisbon next month.
After that, the ratification processes will begin in
all member states and are expected to be completed well before the
end of next year, allowing the Treaty to come into effect across the
The Treaty, which will create the new posts of
permanent President of the Council of Ministers and a new foreign
policy chief with supporting diplomatic service - as well as
abolishing vetoes in around 60 policy areas - will come into effect
on January 1, 2009.
Its main aims are to make the EU to punch its weight
on the world stage and function better with an enlarged membership
Ministers will set aside between 16 and 20 days of
Parliamentary time for detailed debate on the Treaty. This is in
response to cross-party demands for a referendum.
When the Bill enters Parliament, the Tories are
likely to table an amendment demanding a referendum in the House of
Lords, setting up a potential ping-pong battle between the two
Responding to the Queen's Speech, David Cameron, the
Tory leader, confirmed that his party would continue pressing for
the people to be given a say. "We want a referendum now," he
More than 110,000 people have signed up to The Daily
Telegraph's "Let the People Decide" petition for a national vote.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party,
said: ''By putting the EU Treaty on the legislative agenda, Brown
has shown his contempt for the British people by ignoring the
deafening calls for a referendum. I hope he faces the mother of all
Original article: Worthy News
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