On Election Day the European Parliament will vote to confirm an IGC (Intergovernmental Conference) which will take place on June the 17th and 18th in Brussels.
18 extra MEPs. Parliament will decide whether to allow treaty changes increasing the size of the European Parliament to take place without a full Convention (debate Wednesday, vote Thursday).In this they are supported by the European Commission,
the Commission recommends opening an Intergovernmental Conference as soon asThat IGC will amend the Lisbon Treaty (Protocol 36). This will require that the Lisbon Treaty be re-ratified by all 27 nations of the European Union.
possible, remaining strictly limited to discussion of the Spanish proposal for a protocol amending Protocol No 36 on Transitional Provisions
Once the IGC is over, the new version of the protocol as adopted will have to be ratified by the 27 national parliaments.That means that a new Prime Minister will have to ram a new Lisbon Treaty through both Houses of Parliament.
Seeing as no national newspaper or media outlet seems prepared to ask the question, we must. Will any of the pretenders to Number 10 answer?
Will they take this opportunity to give us the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty that they promised?
If not, why not?
Bruno Waterfield goes into somewhat more depth