Lisbon Treaty — Increase of powers of European Parliament — 3 Mar 2008 at 22:30
This was a particularly important clause as it allowed the increased powers of the European Parliament under the Treaty of Lisbon by referencing the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002 which required that:
- 'No treaty which provides for any increase in the powers of the European Parliament is to be ratified by the United Kingdom unless it has been approved by an Act of Parliament.'
The No voters by and large conceded this point but argued that the Government had not spelled out what increased powers the European Parliament would get under the Lisbon Treaty and that there was no chance to debate them because of "the way in which the Government have rigged the debate on the treaty, time and again."
However, Jim Murphy MP argued that:
- 'These reforms are supported by political parties across the EU. They are supported by the Governments and the main Opposition parties in all 27 countries of the EU. It would be a shame if, in the UK alone, one major political party opposed these extensions as they are now proposed as a consequence of the Lisbon treaty.'
- Streamline EU institutions
- Establish a permanent President of the European Council (as of 16 March 2010 held by Herman Van Rompuy)
- Establish the post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (as of 16 March 2010 held by Catherine Ashton)
- Give new powers to the EU over justice and home affairs
- Remove the national veto in some areas such as energy security and emergency aid
-  Motion on Clause 4
-  Mark Francois MP, House of Commons, 3 March 2008
-  Jim Murphy MP, House of Commons, 3 March 2008
-  BBC News Q&A: The Lisbon Treaty, 5 February 2010
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||1||146 (+2 tell)||0||77.2%|
|Lab||280 (+2 tell)||3||0||81.0%|
|Ian Davidson||Glasgow South West||Lab (minister)||no|
|David Drew||Stroud||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mike Hancock||Portsmouth South||LDem (front bench)||both|