European Union (Amendment) Act 2008

The European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c. 7) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It gives effect in the law of the United Kingdom to the Lisbon Treaty, which was signed there by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 14 December 2007.[6] The Bill was first debated in the House of Commons on 21 January 2008, and passed its second reading that day by a vote of 362–224; Prime Minister Gordon Brown was absent that day, and left the Bill to be defended by then-Foreign Secretary David Miliband who introduced it to the House of Commons.[7] A Conservative amendment led by the then Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague to hold a UK-wide referendum on final approval of the Lisbon Treaty was defeated by the Labour Government in a Committee stage debate on 5 March 2008, by 311–248 in the House of Commons. The enactment via royal assent came on 19 June 2008. The Act does not actually ratify the treaty; it merely adds the Lisbon Treaty to the treaties listed in section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972. The actual ratification by the United Kingdom of the treaty took place when the British Government deposited the instruments of ratification in Rome on 16 July 2008.[8]

European Union (Amendment) Act 2008[1]
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to make provision in connection with the Treaty of Lisbon Amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty Establishing the European Community, signed at Lisbon on 13 December 2007.
Citation2008 c.7
Introduced byDavid Miliband[2]
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
(England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
Indirectly also affects (not part of the territorial extent):
The Isle of Man
[The Bailiwick of] Jersey
The Bailiwick of Guernsey
Royal assent19 June 2008[3]
Commencement19 June 2008,[4] except for section 3 and the Schedule which came into force on 1 December 2009.[5]
Other legislation
AmendsEuropean Communities Act 1972
Repealed byEuropean Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
Status: Repealed
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 repealed this Act on 31 January 2020.

See also


  1. The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 7 of this Act.
  2. "Bills and Legislation". 17 December 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  3. "Bills and Legislation". 19 June 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
  4. The European Union (Amendment) Act 2008, section 8(3)
  5. The European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (Commencement No.1) Order 2009 (S.I. 2009/3143 (C.140)), article 2
  6. "Treaty on Running European Union Is Signed" 14 Dec 2007
  7. Hansard: Volume No. 470 Part No. 34 House of Commons Debates January 21, 2008 and see Division #50.
  8. Written Statement by Jim Murphy MP confirming the UK's Ratification of Lisbon Treaty