Britain has become the 19th European Union country to
ratify the Lisbon Treaty without a referendum, after the EU Amendment Bill
completed its passage through Parliament.
Conservative attempt to delay ratification until the autumn was voted down in
the House of Lords by a margin of 93, and peers later gave the Bill its third
reading without a vote.
Royal Assent is
expected to follow within 24 hours.
ratification came on the eve of an EU summit in Brussels expected to be
dominated by Ireland's rejection of the Treaty in last week's referendum.
Brian Cowen is expected to ask for more time to consider his country's response
to the No vote, which threatens to prevent next year's planned implementation of
the Treaty's reforms, including a full-time EU president and foreign minister.
Gordon Brown has said that the Treaty cannot come into force unless it is
ratified in all 27 EU states. – Telegraph