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IMMEDIATE

TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER

DRAFT EU TREATY RAISES CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS FOR THE UK, SAY LORDS 

The House of Lords Constitution Committee report published today highlights aspects of the draft EU Treaty which have a potential impact on the United Kingdom's constitution.

The report summarises the scope of the draft Constitutional Treaty and lists 15 areas which raise particular constitutional concerns − including proposals to create a European Public Prosecutor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Committee do not comment on the merits or demerits of particular proposals, but highlight a range of issues to inform public debate and assist politicians currently negotiating the Treaty on behalf of the UK.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

1. The report's full title is The Draft Constitutional Treaty for the European Union, by The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.

 2. The House of Lords European Union Committee has published 12  reports considering the draft Treaty article by article and is due to publish a major overview report by the end of October.

3. The draft Treaty is only a starting point − the final text has still to be negotiated at the Inter-Governmental Conference which began on 4th October. Any Treaty would have to be agreed by all 15 EU Member States plus the 10 new countries due to join in May 2004. 

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