Thursday, 28 June 2007

Significance of the EU Treaty

Interestingly, Bill Cash has pointed out in The Telegraph (26 June) the legal and constitutional significance of the new Treaty objectives in the EU mandate:

Sir - One thing must be made clear: there is no repeal provision in this treaty.

The treaty brings a fundamental change as a result of the merger of the Treaty of Rome, which was about trade and political co-operation, and the Maastricht Treaty, which was about European government.

This new treaty provides that "the two treaties constitute the treaties on which the Union is founded, and that the Union replaces and succeeds the Community". As I pointed out to the Foreign Secretary, in the House last week, this proposal in itself is the fundamental change that would require a referendum. She could not and did not answer my point.

Bill Cash MP (Con), London SW1

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