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The Lisbon Treaty: the final four
Published Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04943
This Note looks at progress in the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon which was signed in December 2007. It updates Research paper 08/66, "The Treaty of Lisbon: an Uncertain Future" 30 July 2008, in this regard.
Progress on Enlargement at a Glance: 2008
Published Friday, December 19, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04918
This Note looks at the European Commission's latest progress report on EU candidate and potential candidate states.
The Lisbon Treaty: the European Council and prospects for Irish ratification
Published Thursday, December 18, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04921
This Note looks at the discussions in Ireland, the European Union Institutions and other Member States about the prospects for Irish ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon. It considers the declarations on concessions agreed by the European Council on 11-12 December 2008 which are intended to facilitate Irish ratification in 2009.
Eurosceptic campaigns alleging the abolition of Westminster
Published Thursday, November 20, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04894
This Note looks at a few eurosceptic campaigns alleging that the EU will remove England from the map of Europe and abolish the government and parliament at Westminster. It considers the EU instruments linked to such allegations.
The Treaty of Lisbon: an uncertain future
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers RP08-66
On 12 June 2008 the Republic or Ireland voted against ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, throwing the EU into uncertain waters once again. Although most Member States, including the UK, have continued with the ratification processes, the future of the Lisbon Treaty remains uncertain.
The Treaty of Lisbon: amendments to the Treaty on European Union
Published Thursday, January 24, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers RP08-09
The EU Reform Treaty: amendments to the Treaty on European Union
Published Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Commons Briefing papers RP07-80
The EU Reform Treaty: amendments to the Treaty on European Union. House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/80.
EU Reform: a new treaty or an old constitution?
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2007 | Commons Briefing papers RP07-64
The Future of the European Constitution
Published Monday, June 13, 2005 | Commons Briefing papers RP05-45
The Future of the European Constitution. House of Commons Library Research paper 05/45.
European Union Bill (Bill 45 of 2004/05)
Published Thursday, February 3, 2005 | Commons Briefing papers RP05-12
The Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe: part 1
Published Monday, September 6, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-66
The Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe: part 1. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/66.
IGC 2004: issues surrounding UK ratification of the European Constitution
Published Monday, May 10, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers SN03040
IGC 2004: issues surrounding UK ratification of the European Constitution. By Vaughne Miller. SN/IA/3040.
The Convention on the Future of Europe: institutional reform
Published Thursday, June 12, 2003 | Commons Briefing papers RP03-56
The Convention on the Future of Europe: institutional reform. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/56.
Convention on the Future of Europe
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2003 | Commons Briefing papers RP03-23
The Convention on the Future of Europe: proposals for a European Constitution. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/23.
The convention on the future of Europe:the deliberating phase
Published Friday, February 14, 2003 | Commons Briefing papers RP03-16
The convention on the future of Europe: the deliberating phase. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/16.
European Parliament (Representation) Bill (HL 7 2002/03)
Published Wednesday, December 4, 2002 | Commons Briefing papers RP02-78
European Parliament (Representation) Bill ( Bill 7 of 2002/03).House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/78.
Laeken declaration and the convention on the future of Europe
Published Friday, March 8, 2002 | Commons Briefing papers RP02-14
The Laeken declaration and the convention on the future of Europe. House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/14.
European Communities (Amendment) Bill 2001/02
Published Thursday, June 28, 2001 | Commons Briefing papers RP01-61
The European Communities (Amendment) Bill: implementing the Treaty of Nice. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/61.
Irish Referendum on the Treaty of Nice
Published Thursday, June 21, 2001 | Commons Briefing papers RP01-57
The Irish referendum on the Treaty of Nice. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/57.

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