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The list below gives the identical items in the original EU Constitution and those in the renamed EU Constitution, the so-called 'Reform Treaty' or Lisbon Treaty. Significant differences are given in brackets.

  • EU given single legal personality so that it can act like a state and we are all made real citizens of this EU state
  • Self-amending treaty that will then require no further treaties or referendums
  • EU President
  • EU Foreign Minister (now renamed as 'High Representative')
  • Majority Voting in Foreign Policy
  • An EU Diplomatic Service
  • Sweeping powers of European Court of Justice over justice and home affairs
  • An EU Public Prosecutor
  • European Parliament elects EU Commission President
  • End of one Commissioner for each member state
  • Cut in Britain's voting power to block EU legislation by 30% (now delayed to 2014)
  • Meaningless protocol on national parliaments to save face over loss of sovereign powers
  • Division of competences giving EU more power
  • Removal of safeguards on 'enhanced cooperation'
  • European Parliament given veto in 50 new policy areas
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights made legally binding but can be suspended to allow the 'smooth operation of the market' Public services, social security and the economy
  • New powers over public health to the EU
  • New powers over public services to the EU
  • Increased powers for EU over social policy and coordination of social security
  • New powers over economic coordination to the EU
  • End of veto on employment law for self-employed workers
  • New powers over trade policy and investment to the EU
  • End of veto over Central Bank's powers of financial regulation
  • Formalisation of eurogroup (Finance Ministers from single currency member states) and increase in its powers Home affairs
  • New powers to harmonise civil and criminal laws and legal procedures
  • Powers to the EU to define criminal offences and set minimum sentences
  • Increase in power for Europol(ice)
  • Enabling Eurojust(ice) to launch criminal investigations of EU citizens
  • New powers for ECJ over asylum and immigration
  • End of veto on legal migration
  • Legal basis for a single EU asylum and immigration system Foreign policy and military changes
  • Commitment to "the progressive framing of a common defence policy"
  • "Structured cooperation" sub-group in military affairs
  • New mutual 'defence' commitment Member states veto abolished in following areas
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Space policy
  • Science policy
  • Sport
  • Yearly budget

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