British Conservatives fail to halt Lisbon Treaty

June 19th, 2008 - 1:55 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown
London, June 19 (DPA) A last-ditch attempt by British Conservatives to delay ratification of the Lisbon Treaty was defeated in the House of Lords Wednesday, virtually guaranteeing adoption of the reform treaty. The vote comes as a relief to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is due to travel to Brussels Thursday for a European Union (EU) summit expected to be dominated by efforts to seek a way forward after the Irish rejection of the treaty last week.

Following rejection of the amendment to delay ratification to Oct 20, the House of Lords was expected later to pass the bill allowing Britain to ratify the reform treaty.

Legislation to adopt the Lisbon Treaty has already been passed by the Lower House of Parliament. Its passage in a third and final reading in the House of Lords later Wednesday was therefore expected to be a mere form of formality.

The amendment to delay ratification was defeated in the House of Lords by 277 votes to 184, a majority of 93.

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