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EU: Treaties

Volume 713: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government following any coming into force of the Lisbon treaty, by what means Parliament will ratify international treaties negotiated by the European Union. [HL5711]

The entry into force of the Lisbon treaty will not alter the existing procedures for parliamentary scrutiny of international agreements. Mixed agreements, to which both the EU and member states are party, are subject to the same parliamentary procedures as any other international agreement entered into by the UK.

Treaties concluded by the EU alone are subject to the scrutiny procedures applicable to EU legislation.

Once the Lisbon Treaty is in force, the EU (Amendment) Act provides that any treaties which amend the EU founding treaties in future can be ratified by the UK only if approved by Act of Parliament.