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UK formally ratifies European Union’s Lisbon Treaty

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James Kirkup
London Telegraph
Friday, July 18, 2008

The final act required for the UK to endorse the controversial document was completed this week, the Foreign Office said.

Ratification has gone ahead despite questions over the future of the treaty. It must be accepted by all 27 EU members before taking force next year, but Irish voters last month rejected it in a referendum.

Despite that rejection and Labour’s promise to hold a referendum on the European Constitution that preceded it, Gordon Brown has pressed ahead with ratifying the Lisbon Treaty.

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If it takes force, the treaty will create a new EU president and foreign minister, and end scores of national vetoes.

A Daily Telegraph campaign called for a British referendum on the Lisbon Treaty with well over 100,000 people signing a petition.

The final stage of Britain’s ratification was reached on Wednesday when legal documents were deposited with the Italian government in Rome, the city where the Treaty was first proposed at a summit.

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