UK-EU: Written Ministerial Statement on European Union Bill

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A Written Ministerial Statement from the UK government on the European Union Bill (pdf): "The Government will introduce a Bill which would require that:

(a) any proposed future EU treaty, agreed by all EU Member States’ governments, including the UK government, which sought to transfer areas of power or competence from the United Kingdom to the European Union would be subject to a referendum of the British people; and,

(b) the use of ratchet clauses or passerelles, provisions in the existing EU Treaties, which allow the rules of the EU to be modified or expand without the need for a formal Treaty change, would require an Act of Parliament before the Government could agree to its use."

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