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European Union Act 2011

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents

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  1. Introduction

  2. Overview

  3. Summary

    1. Part 1: Restrictions on Treaties and Decisions Relating to EU

    2. Part 2: Implementation of Transitional Protocol on MEPs

    3. Part 3: General

  4. Background

    1. General

    2. Part 1: Restrictions on Treaties and Decisions Relating to EU

    3. Part 2: Implementation of Transitional Protocol on MEPs

  5. Territorial Extent and Application

  6. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: Restrictions on Treaties and Decisions Relating to EU

      1. Introductory

        1. Section 1: Interpretation of Part 1

      2. Restrictions relating to amendments of TEU or TFEU

        1. Section 2: Treaties amending or replacing TEU or TFEU

        2. Section 3: Amendment of TFEU under simplified revision procedure

        3. Section 4: Cases where treaty or Article 48(6) decision attracts a referendum

        4. Section 5: Statement to be laid before Parliament

      3. Restrictions relating to other decisions under TEU or TFEU

        1. Section 6: decisions requiring approval by Act and by referendum

        2. Section 7: Decisions requiring approval by Act

        3. Section 8: Decisions under Article 352 of TFEU

        4. Section 9: Approval required in connection with Title V of Part 3 of TFEU

        5. Section 10: Parliamentary control of certain decisions not requiring approval by Act

      4. Further provisions about referendums held in pursuance of sections 2, 3 or 6

        1. Section 11: Persons entitled to vote in referendum

        2. Section 12: Separate questions

        3. Section 13: Role of Electoral Commission

      5. Supplementary

        1. Section 14: Consequential amendments and repeals relating to Part 1

    2. Part 2: Implementation of Transitional Protocol on MEPs

      1. Section 15: Protocol on MEPs: approval, and addition to list of treaties

      2. Section 16: Number of MEPs and electoral regions

      3. Section 17: Election of additional MEP

    3. Part 3: General

      1. Status of EU law

        1. Section 18: Status of EU law dependent on continuing statutory basis

      2. Final provisions

        1. Section 19: Financial provisions

        2. Section 20: Extent

        3. Section 21: Commencement

    4. Schedules to the Act

      1. Schedule 1: Treaty provisions where amendment removing need for unanimity, consensus or common accord would attract referendum

        1. Part 1: Provisions of the Treaty on European Union

        2. Part 2: Provisions on the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

      2. Schedule 2: Election of additional MEP

  7. Commencement

  8. Hansard References

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