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Supportive voices: Academics and Lawyers Professor David Allen (Loughborough University): "The Reform Treaty poses no threats to British sovereignty but instead offers an essential modification to the EU's policy-making procedures that will make it easier for the UK to achieve it's stated objectives within the EU." Lord Giddens (Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge): “As a member state, we have a great interest in ensuring that the European Union functions effectively. The proposed Treaty is the condition necessary to achieve such an outcome. Britain pushed hard and successfully for the expansion of the EU to 27 nations. It is obvious that more effective decision-making is needed in such circumstances and this is what the Treaty is all about.” Dr Sara Hobolt (University of Oxford) “The new Reform Treaty is a small, but important, step in the direction of a more effective and more accountable European Union. After recent enlargements, it is paramount that the EU reforms its institutions to avoid deadlock in the decision-making process. Claims that this new EU Treaty represents a major constitutional change are not based on facts.” Beckett McGrath, Partner Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP “The new treaty does [..] simplify the current, rather confusing, relationship between the European Community and the European Union, which is to be welcomed. It should also ensure more effective operation of the European institutions, and a more rational voting system, which is also a positive development.” Professor Anand Menon (University of Birmingham) “The EU’s critics often complain both that it is inefficient and that member states enjoy inadequate control over what it does. The Reform Treaty takes – admittedly timid – steps towards addressing both concerns. Sceptics should be delighted.” Professor William E Paterson (Director of the Institute For German Studies, University of Birmingham). “The Reform Treaty represents the best available and modest answer to the institutional changes required to make the EU able to operate effectively in a more complex world. It puts an end to a long running series of disputes about the EU'S institutional future and leaves it free to tackle a series of pressing policy challenges.” Dr John Peterson (University of Edinburgh) ‘There’s no question that the EU’s most important international interlocutors want the Union to work more efficiently and decisively, as it clearly will do if the Reform Treaty is ratified. There may be a few in positions of power globally who still think they can and should try to divide and rule Europe for their own advantage. But it is striking how many in positions of power, regardless of political persuasion, wish the EU could be more single-minded in international affairs, in Washington, New Delhi, and even in Beijing and Moscow, as well as in less obviously weighty national capitals. The world is watching, and it (overwhelmingly) wishes the EU would get its external policy act together’. Michael Renouf (Partner Berwin Leighton Paisner; Member of the Law Society Council with responsibility for EU Matters, 2002 – 2007) The new EU Treaty promotes a streamlined approach to decision-making in the enlarged European Union, which should enable decisions to be taken and implemented more speedily. Reforming and updating the institutions will lead to greater accountability and result in the better functioning of the EU as a whole. James Rogers (Cambridge University) As a leading member state, Britain should be actively bolstering European Union military power and its ability to represent our interests in the wider world. By providing some of the instruments and institutions necessary to increase our leverage in foreign countries, the Reform Treaty will enhance the security and sovereignty of all Europeans, thereby producing a better environment for domestic cohesion and the generation of economic wealth. Dr. John Ryan (Jean Monnet Association): “Britain, France and Germany are already actively engaged in military and peacekeeping forces globally. The Reform Treaty will improve the EU decision making process and will enhance the security and sovereignty of all EU citizens which will improve their social cohesion and economic well being.” Professor Richard G. Whitman (Professor of Politics, University of Bath) The Treaty represents a much-needed upgrading of the EU’s institutions and decision- making processes for an enlarged EU of 27 member states. If the EU is going to rise to the competitive challenges of the 21st century its needs to be able to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner – the Reform Treaty will make that possible.
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