Lisbon Treaty — Parliamentary approval required for the creation of a European Public Prosecutor — rejected — 9 Jun 2008 at 20:58

The majority Not-Contents rejected an amendment[1] to the European Union (Amendment) Bill. The amendment would have required parliamentary approval to be given before the government could agree to the creation of a European Public Prosecutor.

In the debate Lord Hunt of Wirral explains that:[2]

  • 'Many of us have from time to time been troubled by the idea of the public prosecutor. These provisions are therefore worrying and their implementation will always be controversial. I very much hope that I shall be able to persuade the Minister that she ought to give an undertaking to this House that a measure such as this will never be implemented without the profound and meaningful involvement of Parliament.'

However, Baroness Ashton of Upholland argued that sufficient safeguards were already in place:[3]

  • 'We have secured legally watertight safeguards in the treaty against any move towards a European public prosecutor or subsequently, and just as important, towards extending that prosecutor's role. It is what we would call a double lock. We do not see any need to do anything different from what we have already achieved.'

The European Union (Amendment) Bill implements the Lisbon Treaty into UK law. The main aims of the Lisbon Treaty were to[4]:


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Party Summary

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 is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Con0 53 (+2 tell)27.2%
Crossbench13 59.6%
Lab92 (+2 tell) 143.6%
LDem24 132.5%
UUP0 1100.0%
Total:129 6128.3%

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Viscount Craigavon Crossbenchaye
Lord Dear Crossbenchaye
Lord Greenway Crossbenchaye
Lord Kilclooney Crossbenchaye
Lord Palmer Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Gilbert Labaye
Lord Burnett LDem (front bench)aye

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