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EU Reform: Treaties

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the most significant five differences are between the Constitutional Treaty under consideration in 2005 and the Reform Treaty agreed at Lisbon. (160833)

The draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe is now defunct. The inter-governmental conference mandate records the agreement of all 27 Heads that:

“The constitutional concept...is abandoned”.

The Constitutional Treaty was legally unprecedented. It would have abolished the EU and refounded it under a single, constitutional order. The reform treaty by contrast, amends the existing treaties—just like the Single European Act, Maastricht, Nice and Amsterdam.

The Government have secured extra safeguards on each of the four red lines set out ahead of the June European Council. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary wrote to the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee on 11 and 18 October setting out how the Government's four red lines are met in the latest draft of the reform treaty.

These letters have been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information has been available to him to enable him to assess popular support for a referendum on the proposed European Treaty. (160974)