Quick Guide: European Union constitution
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Europe's rule book

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Foreign and defence policy

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Political arguments

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UK Prime Minister Tony Blair fought successfully to retain a number of national vetoes

The EU constitution also:

  • Gives national parliaments more opportunity to object to EU laws, though no power to overturn them.

  • Enables states to opt in or out of more new initiatives, as with the euro.

  • Incorporates the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into EU law for the first time.

  • Preserves member states' vetoes on direct taxation, foreign and defence policy, and the budget.