Single European Act

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Single European Act (SEA)

a foundation treaty in the law of the EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES. It became effective as at 1 July 1987 and provided for a timetable for the completion of the free market, an extension of the use of qualified majority voting and foreshadowed the existence of a treaty on economic and monetary union. It also made provision for inclusion in the Communities' treaties of sections dealing with the environment and economic and social cohesion. It also provided for the EUROPEAN COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE and formally recognized the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT and the COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.
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The thrust of the Single European Act is unequivocally economic.
I'm utterly convinced that were they the Government, they would have done exactly as Brown's buffoons did and rammed the treaty through Parliament, exactly as they did with the Single European Act in 1986 and the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.
The Reform Treaty, however, is an amending treaty like the Single European Act and the Maastricht, Nice and Amsterdam Treaties.
You might guess that this a recent development, coinciding with the Single European Act or some such, but it's not.
The next question, however, is this: if Tories led by the likes of Lady Thatcher are opposed to the creation of a federal Europe, why did they support the ratification of the Single European Act (SEA) of 1986?
The author, through a judicious use of archival material and personal interviewing, along with an analysis of decision-making theory and the various theoretical approaches to political integration, examines how the Council Presidencies impinge on the integration process, especially since the Single European Act and the two 1991 Intergovernmental Conferences (on the European Monetary Union and European Political Union).
Yet, Margaret Thatcher's fourth consecutive victory in British general elections on June 11, 1987, and the completion one month later of the ratification of the Single European Act (SEA)-which amended the Treaty of Rome to incorporate the necessary changes to complete the internal European market by the end of 1992-led British labor leaders to reassess their rejectionist position toward the EC.
Nicholas Davenport, director of the London brokerage Willis Faber & Dumas, said that, in his view, the ultimate beneficiary of the single European Act is the consumer.
The economic environment was also changing as a result of the Single European Act, signed in 1986.
This is the party of Bill Cash and John Redwood, a party who denied people a referendum on Maastricht and the Single European Act.
The European Coal and Steel Community, the Maastricht Treaty and the Single European Act followed.
1987: The European flag is born and the Single European Act creates "an area without frontiers".

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