European leaders sign Lisbon Treaty
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Today, leaders from the nations of the European Union signed the landmark Treaty of Lisbon which is to redefine foreign policy for the EU and creates an EU president. The treaty is a replacement for the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe which was abandoned after suffering defeats in referendums in France and the Netherlands.
"From this old continent, a new Europe is born," said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. "For the first time, the countries that were once divided by a totalitarian curtain, are now united in support of a common treaty that they had themselves negotiated."
Citing prior obligations for his failure to be in Lisbon, Brown added his signature later after appearing before the House of Commons Liaison Committee in the morning. Critics have claimed he does "not have the guts" to sign and is trying to avoid the political liability of having his name on the document.
From here, each country will have to ratify the treaty. Most countries will probably not hold referendums on the treaty as voters would be likely to reject the treaty; some leaders have committed to hold referendums, but are attempting to avoid doing so for similar reasons.
- "EU leaders sign landmark treaty" — , December 13, 2007
- Axel Brugge. "EU leaders sign Lisbon Treaty to reform bloc" — , December 13, 2007
- Press Release: "Commission welcomes signature of the Treaty of Lisbon and calls for its swift ratification" — European Commission, December 13, 2007