Welcome to the Britain and the European Union section
These pages provide detailed information on Britain's relationship with the European Union (EU), including the new EU Constitutional Treaty
, the EU institutions
, which countries are members
, the main policies
, EU Enlargement
and Britain's crucial role in Europe.
You can access this section directly through www.europe.gov.uk
The UK holds the Presidency of the EU from 1 July to 31 December 2005. The official website is now live, with extensive information on the UK Presidency including our priorities and events calendar:
Find out more: www.eu2005.gov.uk
Prospects for the EU in 2005 (CM 6611)
The latest 'Prospects for the EU in 2005' has been published by the Foreign Secretary on 30 June. The report describes the full spectrum of EU business the UK expects in the second half of 2005.
Commentary - EU Constitutional Treaty
On 26 January 2005, the Foreign Secretary published a "Commentary" on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe. This Commentary has been produced to provide an analysis of the Constitutional Treaty against existing EU Treaty provisions. It is designed to guide the reader through the Treaty, explain what each Article does (where this is not obvious from the text), where the Treaty provision derives from (if it is not new) and set out where legislative procedures have changed.
The Commentary also contains a valuable introduction and the full text of the Treaty itself.
The full text of the Treaty is also available separately here: EU Constitutional Treaty