Europe: The Lisbon Treaty
What is Article 50?
Never before has a state left the European Union.
The rules for exit are contained in Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.
The Lisbon Treaty, became law in December 2009. The Lisbon Treaty is designed to make the EU “more democratic, more transparent and more efficient”. The Treaty is an agreement signed by the heads of state and governments of countries that are EU members.
1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.
A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.
Sourced From: lisbon-treaty.org
Friday 14th July 2017
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The Lisbon Treaty.
The Lisbon Treaty, became law in December 2009. The Lisbon Treaty is designed to make the EU “more democratic, more transparent and more efficient”.
The Treaty is an agreement signed by the heads of state and governments of countries that are EU members.
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