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Treaty of Lisbon: Defence

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Lisbon Treaty gives the new EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs powers to propose military operations. (193160)

We expect that if the Lisbon treaty is ratified by all EU member states, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will be able to make proposals, including proposing military operations. But any proposals made will be made to the Council of the European Union who will make any decisions and will do so only by unanimity.