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European Union (Amendment) Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
David Miliband
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Baroness Ashton of Upholland
Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

  • Royal Assent Royal Assent | 19.06.2008

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c. 7) - html version 19.06.2008

Summary of the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008

The Bill paves the way for UK ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, which was signed on 13 December 2007.  The Lisbon Treaty is an amending Treaty.

The Lisbon Treaty aims to reform the European Union’s institutions to enable it to function more efficiently with 27 Members. It also introduces new elements, many of which were in the abandoned 2004 constitutional treaty.

Key areas

  • The Bill will amend the European Communities Act 1972 to include the Lisbon Treaty in the list of ‘Community Treaties.’ This gives it legal force in the UK, with the exception of provisions on or linked to the Common Foreign and Security Policy, which will remain subject to intergovernmental procedures.  
  • Other amendments to the 1972 Act concern a mechanism for parliamentary control over provisions in the Treaty which allow for its amendment without the full Treaty amendment system, and changes to terminology under existing UK legislation to take account of the new Treaty.

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