Treaty of Nice: Ratification

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2001.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Treaty of Nice and related agreements require ratification by Parliament before they become legally binding upon the United Kingdom, or whether they have already become so under the treaty-making powers of the Royal Prerogative.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Treaty of Nice needs to be ratified by all 15 member states before it can enter into force and become legally binding upon the United Kingdom and the other member states. Before the UK can ratify the treaty, legislation amending the 1972 European Communities Act will need to be passed by Parliament.

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