Thursday, November 29, 2007

A report on the Lisbon Treaty

Prodicus has unearthed the summary of European Scrutiny Committee's report into the Lisbon Treaty. [Emphasis mine.]
27 November 2007


European Scrutiny Committee calls for Debate in the Commons before the EU Reform Treaty is signed

With two weeks to go before the signing of the European Reform Treaty, the European Scrutiny Committee is publishing a second, follow-up report on the European Union Intergovernmental Conference. This new report concentrates on the Intergovernmental Conference process, the imposition by the Reform Treaty of legal obligations on national parliaments and the durability of the Government’s ‘red-lines’.

In this new report, which follows the Committee's Evidence Session with the Foreign Secretary and the October informal meeting of the European Council, the Committee repeats its earlier criticism that the Intergovernmental Conference process could not have been better designed to marginalise the role of national parliaments and to curtail public debate. The Committee remains concerned that the Reform Treaty may have imposed legal obligations directly on national parliaments in respect of their proceedings, and doubts that the Protocol on the Charter of Fundamental Rights will prevent the courts of the UK from being bound by judgments of the European Court interpreting and applying the Charter.

Chairman of the Committee, Michael Connarty says, "Although the Government has secured the right to ‘opt-in’ in respect of justice and home affairs (JHA) matters it is clear that if the government opt in on any measure ultimate jurisdiction will transfer from the UK courts. There are also new and unquantifiable risks which may be incurred by future decisions by the UK not to opt in. These matters should be debated on the Floor of the House before the Treaty is signed."

Could it possibly any clearer? As Prodicus says...
Democracy, Mr Brown? Respect for Parliament, Mr Brown?

"Hello, is that the BBC? Out to lunch? What—everybody?"

Can we fucking well leave yet?


Anonymous said...

"Can we leave yet?"

Not until the Lisbon Treaty's been ratified, no - it will, for the first time, introduce procedures by which we can quit... To leave currently would lead to all sorts of (perfectly legitimate) allegations of breach of contract, and doubtless hefty economic sanctions.

(Sorry - couldn't resist...)

Gawain Towler said...

I love the idea that we are going to be given permision to leave, if a qualified majority of our colleagues let us, and then only after a two year cooling opff period, where we would be bombared with propganda etc about how scary it would be on the outside.

We don't need permission, we just need to amend the European Ciommunities Act. And. leave.

What are they going to do, send EuroGendFor over and storm Westminster?

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