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Treaty Of Rome

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Prime Minister whether the Treaty of Rome prevents Parliament from enacting a provision that no agreement entered into by Her Majesty's Government would have legislative force in the United Kingdom until it had been approved by Parliament.

The Treaty of Rome would not prevent Parliament from enacting such a provision in respect of agreements which member States alone may sign. This provision could, however, not apply to other agreements signed by one of the Communities (and not by Her Majesty's Government), which bind member States under Article 228(2) of the Treaty of Rome. The application to "mixed" agreements, which may be signed both by a Community and by member States is less clear, but United Kingdom ratification and the ability of a Community to participate might be affected.