Friday, 22 February 2008

The Lisbon Treaty: the European Foundation Analysis, Part V

As the fifth and sixth days of the debates over the Lisbon Treaty continue in the House of Commons, the European Foundation delivers the fourth part of its analysis to reveal what this Treaty really means. On the fifth and sixth days of opposition to the Treaty of Lisbon through Commons debate in the UK Parliament, the European Foundation provides a through Article-by-Article analysis of the key issues underlying this week’s battle over the foreign security and defence policy and international development, which must be put forward by the Opposition in order to oppose the provisions of this Treaty. The major powers that will be surrendered have been listed below – click on an Article to read the analysis.

It is Britain and not the European Union that must retain the right to legislate for and govern the British people through the authority of a Westminster Parliament. The provisions within the Lisbon Treaty must be opposed to prevent its massively detrimental impact on the people of this country. The European project is not working – its new power-grab achieved through the Treaty of Lisbon must be stopped.


The European Foundation: An analysis of the Treaty of Lisbon, Part V
Briefings for opposing amendments to be made to the Treaty of Lisbon on: common foreign security and defence (as debated in House of Commons, Wednesday 20 February 2008) and international development (as debated in House of Commons, Monday 25 February 2008)

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: THE NEW EU FOREIGN MINISTER TO TAKE POWER OVER BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY AND OUR EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION [ARTICLE 9e]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: UNION WILL DO POLITICAL DEALS FOR BRITAIN OUTSIDE OF EUROPE , ASSERTING EU AGENDA IN ALL EXTERNAL ACTIONS [ARTICLE 10a]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EUROPEAN COUNCIL IS TO “IDENTIFY” BRITISH INTERESTS FOR EUROPE 'S EXTERNAL OBJECTIVES [ARTICLE 10b]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: COMMON FOREIGN & SECURITY POLICY GAINS A RANGE OF NEW POWERS [ARTICLE 10c]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EUROPEAN COUNCIL TO ULTIMATELY DECIDE ON THE FRAMING OF A COMMON DEFENCE PROGRAMME [ARTICLE 11]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: COUNCIL WILL PROVIDE ‘COMMON POSITIONS' – MEMBER STATES MUST COMPLY [ARTICLE 12]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EUROPEAN COUNCIL WILL IDENTIFY, DECIDE AND ADOPT UNION 'S FOREIGN POLICY AND DEFENCE INTEREST [ARTICLE 13]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: NEW FOREIGN MINISTER MEANS EU DICTATORSHIP OVER ALL FOREIGN REPRESENTATION – EU LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE ARMS ARE HARMONISED, NEW EU CIVIL SERVICE IS CREATED [ARTICLE 13a]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: MEMBER STATES' “JOINT ACTIONS” ON FOREIGN MATTERS TO BE REPLACED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL'S DECISIONS [ARTICLE 14]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: MEMBER STATES' “JOINT ACTIONS” ON FOREIGN MATTERS TO BE REPLACED BY EUROPEAN COUNCIL'S DECISIONS (II) [ARTICLE 15]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EU COMMISSSION REPORTS TO EU FOREIGN MINISTER TO MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE COUNCIL [ARTICLE 15a]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: UK LEFT REDUNDANT IN BLOCKING COUNCIL DECISIONS AND EU FOREIGN MINISTER POWERS [ARTICLE 15b]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: UK MUST CONSULT WITH EUROPEAN COUNCIL & COUNCIL OF MINISTERS BEFORE PURSUING ANY INDEPENDENT FOREIGN POLICY ACTION [ARTICLE 16]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: NEW EU FOREIGN MINISTER GAINS NEW RIGHTS OF INITIATIVE AND RIGHT TO SELECT JUNIOR DEPUTIES [ARTICLE 18]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: UK MUST SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE EU FROM ITS SEAT AT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL [ARTICLE 19]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EU WILL GAIN POWERS ABOVE AND BEYOND UK DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR AURHOTIRIES [ARTICLE 20]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EU PRESIDENCY SIDELINED AS FOREIGN MINISTER BECOMES KEY INITIATIVE FOR FOREIGN POLICY IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT [ARTICLE 21]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: MEMBER STATES WILL BOUND AS SUBSIDIARY COUNCILS INTO A LEGALLY-DEFINED EU STATE WITH ITS OWN FOREIGN POLICY AGREEMENTS [ARTICLE 24]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: POLITICAL AND SECURITY COMMITTEE WILL GAIN LEGISLATIVE POWERS TO DEFINE POLICIES FOR THE COUNCIL AND FOREIGN MINISTER ON FOREIGN POLICY [ARTICLE 25]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EUROPE DEFINES POWERS FOR EUROPE-WIDE DATA SHARING AND FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONAL DATA [ARTICLE 25a]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: AFTER THE COLLAPSE OF PILLAR STRCTURE, EU PROVIDES PROVISION FOR NOT ASSERTING FOREIGN POLICIES IN OTHER AREAS OF ACTIVITY [ARTICLE 25b]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: COUNCIL TO DETERMINE SPENDING ON CRISIS AREAS WHILST FOREIGN MINISTER DECIDES ON BRITISH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR NEW PETTY-CASH FUND [ARTICLE 28]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: THE EU COMPELLED TO HAVE COMMON ARMY MANAGED BY COUNCIL, DRIVEN BY EU FOREIGN MINISTER [ARTICLE 28A]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EU OPERATIONS WILL INTERFERE WITH UK AUTHORITIES IN DEALING WITH TERRORISM, AND THE EU FOREIGN MINISTER WILL COORDINATE [ARTICLE 28B]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EUROPE DEVELOPS COALTION OF WILLING TO EXPLOIT BRITISH CAPABILITIES UNDER ORDERS OF COUNCIL [ARTICLE 28C]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY IS OFFICIAL AND STRENGTHENED, EU FOREIGN MINISTER WILL TAKE PART CONTROL [ARTICLE 28D]

COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: EU OFFERS PERMANENT STRUCTURED COOPERATION ON DEFENCE – BOTH USELESS AND OPRESSIVE WITHOUT THE VETO [ARTICLE 28E]

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: COMMISSION GIVEN POWERS OVER ASSOCIATION OF OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES [ARTICLE 186]

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: COMMISSION GIVEN POWERS OVER ASSOCIATION OF OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES (II) [ARTICLE 187]

EXTERNAL ACTION: UNION WILL DO POLITICAL DEALS FOR BRITAIN OUTSIDE OF EUROPE , ASSERTING EU AGENDA IN ALL EXTERNAL ACTIONS WHILST EUROPEAN COUNCIL IS TO “IDENTIFY” BRITISH INTERESTS FOR EUROPE 'S EXTERNAL OBJECTIVES [ARTICLE 188A]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU INTERFERES IN UK FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT, TO BE ABSORBED BY EU COMMON COMMERCIAL POLICY [ARTICLE 188B]

EXTERNAL ACTION: TREATY PROVIDES POWERS FOR UNION TO NEGOTIATE AND MAINTAIN KEY TRADE AGREEMENTS ON WORLD STAGE [ARTICLE 188C]

EXTERNAL ACTION: DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION BETWEEN MEMBER STATES BECOMES SUBJECT TO GOVERNANCE THROUGH EU EXTERNAL ACTION POLICY [ARTICLE 188D]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU TO DEVELOP THEMATIC PROGRAMMES OF DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION [ARTICLE 188E]

EXTERNAL ACTION: INDEPENDENT UK-BASED AID AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS WILL BE JEOPARDISED BY BINDING EU AID PROGRAMMES [ARTICLE 188F]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU MASS-COORDINATION OF POLICY WILL PREVENT UK ACTING THROUGH ITS OWN EXTERNAL COOPERATION PLANS [ARTICLE 188G]
EXTERNAL ACTION: MEASURES ON COOPERATION WITH NON-DEVELOPING COUNTRIES SUBJECT TO COUNCIL-PARLIAMENT DECISION-MAKING [ARTICLE 188H]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU DEFINES POWERS TO CONCLUDE AID AGREEMENTS, CREATE A HUMANITARIAN AID CORPS ORGANISATION AND ENHANCE POWERS OF INITIATIVE FOR THE COMMISSION [ARTICLE 188J]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU FOREIGN MINISTER TO INTERFERE IN ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH THIRD COUNTRIES AND UNION GAINS NEW BASIS UPON WHICH TO PURSUE SANCTIONS AGAINST GROUPS [ARTICLE 188K]

EXTERNAL ACTION: UK WILL BE PREVENTED FROM ENTERING INTO EXTERNAL NEGOTIATIONS SINCE UNION HAS THE PRIMARY LEGAL BASIS TO CONCLUDE AGREEMENTS [ARTICLE 188L]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU CONTINUES TO DEMAND RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS BETWEEN UK AND THIRD COUNTRIES IN COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY MATTERS [ARTICLE 188M]

EXTERNAL ACTION: COMMISSION AND EU FOREIGN MINISTER TO INITIATE ALL EXTERNAL NEGOTIATIONS, SETTING MAJOR LIMITATIONS FOR UK [ARTICLE 188N]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK CONTINUES TO CONCLUDE FORMAL AGREEMENTS ON EURO EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM [ARTICLE 188 O]

EXTERNAL ACTION: EU FOREIGN MINISTER (AND COMMISSION) ARE TO CONCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS ON BRITAIN 'S BEHALF WITH UNITED NATIONS, COUNCIL OF EUROPE , OECD AND ALL INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS [ARTICLE 188P]

EXTERNAL ACTION: COMMISSION DELEGATIONS BECOME UNION DELEGATIONS WHICH WILL NEGOTIATE WITH EXTERNAL AGENCIES ON BEHALF OF THE UNION [ARTICLE 188Q] EXTERNAL ACTION: UNION TO ACT IN HARMONY WHEN THERE ARE TERRORIST ATTACKS OR NATURAL DISASTERS, WITH EU FOREIGN MINISTER DECIDING ON INTERVENTION [ARTICLE 188R]

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