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How to repatriate 130 EU laws


This week Open Europe published a new report that shows how the Government could repatriate 130 EU laws on crime and policing, including the controversial European Arrest Warrant. The Government must decide before June 2014 whether a whole raft of EU police and justice laws, adopted before the Lisbon Treaty took force, will continue to apply in the UK beyond December 2014. Under Lisbon, if the Government opts out of any one of the existing laws, it has to opt […]

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OpenEurope on amendments to the Lisbon Treaty


Via OpenEurope’s press pages: National diplomats have this morning finalised changes to the Lisbon Treaty in order to allow 18 extra MEPs to take their seats. EU leaders agreed at last week’s EU summit to launch an Intergovernmental Conference to handle the required treaty change. This short IGC was dealt with at “Coreper II”, the meeting of the permanent representatives of the member states in Brussels Now it is up to national parliaments to ratify the treaty change. Despite already taking […]

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Budget powers for the EU?


Via Cameron tells Merkel he would veto transfer of budget powers to EU – Times Online: David Cameron gave a blunt warning to Angela Merkel today that he would veto any attempt to reopen the Lisbon treaty to give the EU more power over national budgets. Standing alongside the German Chancellor, Mr Cameron insisted that he wanted to see a strong single European currency but pledged to block moves to prop it up that involved a transfer of power from Westminster […]

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CentreRight: One hundred reasons why Ireland should say ‘no’ (again) to Lisbon


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Via CentreRight: One hundred reasons why Ireland should say ‘no’ (again) to Lisbon: Jim McConalogue, Editor of The European Journal and occasionally of this parish, has listed one hundred reasons why Ireland should again reject Lisbon. It was disclosed at the weekend that Ryanair are helping to bankroll the ‘Yes campaign’ which current opinion polling suggests is on course for victory. Read more here, and if you have not done so, it is well worth watching Daniel Hannan’s speech to […]

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EU: A UK referendum on Lisbon becomes more likely


Via We are no longer crucial. We are marginal again — unless we say ‘No’ to the Lisbon Treaty – Analysis, Opinion – Independent.ie, we learn that full ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will be further delayed, making a UK referendum under a Conservative government more likely: The implications of this week’s judgment on the Lisbon Treaty by the German Constitutional Court are profound for the whole of Europe and raise many questions, both for Germany and for all member states, […]

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