Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Third Reading at the Lords today

The House of Lords will have the Third Reading of the European Union (Amendment) Bill, a. k. a. the Lisbon Treaty, today. Lord Howell has an Amendment down that would, if passed, postpone this reading till some date "no earlier than Monday 20 October 2008".

This would allow to consider appropriate responses to the result of the Irish referendum and any necessary amendments to the Bill in the light of that event. Should their lordships pass the Amendment, there will be no Third Reading and the Irish will be heartened that not everyone in the EU wants to bully them into submission.

NOTE: At the Bruges Group meeting this evening Lord Willoughby de Broke, a UKIP peer, will speak on the House of Lords and the Lisbon Treaty.

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