Quick Guide: European Union constitution
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Europe's rule book


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Europe's rule book

The European Union constitution is a rule book setting out what the EU can and cannot do.

It lays down the EU's values and political objectives and makes clear that member states confer powers on the EU, not the other way round.

It also opens the way to deeper EU integration, which some people argue will turn the Union into a superstate.

The constitution will become law only if it is ratified in every member state, in some cases by referendum.