Czechs & Cameron on Lisbon
The Czech Supreme Court has ruled that the Lisbon Treaty is not contrary to the Czech Constitution. The judgment is the last hurdle for the Treaty and following Czech ratification, it is now expected to come into force on January 1 2010. The new President of the European Council and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will be chosen by the Heads of State in the coming weeks.
In response to the completion of ratification, David Cameron has pledged that if his party wins the 2010 UK General Election, they will bring forward legislation to amend the European Communities Act 1972 – the legislation that underpins EU law in the British legal system. The amendments and a new United Kingdom Sovereignty Bill would, he claims, reassert the primacy of UK law over EU law. They would require a referendum on any future transfer of powers from the UK to the EU and would also seek certain concessions including reinstating the British opt-out from the Social Charter.
See here for Cameron’s speech: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8343145.stm.