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Lisbon Treaty

Asked about the outcome of the Wheeler case, the PMS replied that as Jim Murphy had said, we were pleased that the judge had recognised our case on this matter and that the judge had confirmed the Government’s position that the Lisbon Treaty differs in both form and substance from the defunct constitution.

Put that now the Government had got that ruling from the court, what was the timetable for ratification of the Treaty, the PMS said we hoped to be able to proceed to ratification in the next few days or weeks. It depended on the availability of something called the Great Wafer Seal among other things. There were various procedures to be gone through. Asked for more details on the Great Wafer Seal, the PMS admitted that he was not a great expert on the Seal itself, but there were various administrative procedures that needed to be undertaken. This was why the Prime Minister had said that we welcomed the fact that the judge confirmed last week that he would be making a decision this week, as it was consistent with our timetable for ratification.

Asked who took the ratified document to Rome, the PMS said it was his understanding that normally a Foreign Office official was tasked with this.

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