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This essay is intended to have an in-depth appraisal of the implication of the adoption of a constitution by the European Union (EU)

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Introduction This essay is intended to have an in-depth appraisal of the implication of the adoption of a constitution by the European Union (EU), with a view of looking at the various issues contained in the constitution that are contentious among the Member States (MS) and how these would benefit the EU either through the simplification of the union institutions functions to make them more efficient. Also, it would attempt to draw an overview of the historical existence of the EU, how it has progressed through the years, the various changes that it had undergone, how the various treaties it has adopted have helped in tackling problems encountered while growing. On the other hand, emphasise would be placed in discussing the issues enshrined in the constitution, what it is expected to achieve, why MS have found them unacceptable, and whether the constitution would really fulfil the Union's objective by enhancing its closer integration zealously by the EU and MS. Finally, it would attempt to look into the future, whether there is any hope of implementing the wonderful ideas in this draft constitution. The EU is gradually metamorphosing hopefully to actualise this status with the ratification of the draft constitution by the inter-governmental convention (IGC). There has been general calls that the draft constitution be adopted as it by some MS while in certain issues there has been disagreement amongst MS refusing to be drawn into a system that would encroach on their reserved competence. This disagreement has lead to the call to seek out ways of accommodating the various redlines put forward by MS through dialogue and trading off among states. Though the constitution convention committee have been generally praised for preparing a thorough document that addressed the various issues raise during the Nice convention and presented a constitution that would foster the development of the EU as a formidable organisation of nation states having united propose, which is the actualisation of the European state. ...read more.


Notwithstanding, this has not answered the question of legitimacy of the community law, since supremacy was more or less accepted on the premise that it conformed with national legal system. This had been argued by Steiner, J. etal, when they argued that "the national courts have accepted supremacy of the community law on the basis of national legal provision, not on the provisions of the community law itself"19. However, this has been taken care of in the draft constitution. That has explicitly states that the laws adopted by union in the exercise of its competences shall have primacy over laws of MS20. Thus entrenching the supremacy of it laws over national laws and also conferring legitimacy on union laws. The legitimacy and supremacy of the union laws can also be derived form the legal personality21 grant the union by the constitution, which has elevated it to the status of a state. This has given the EU the legal leverage to stand among nations and negotiate on behalf of its members. However, this idea has been refuted be some states that want to retain the right to enter into bilateral relationship with third countries irrespective of the union having done that on their behalf. This fear of losing their right of negotiation has been because once the union assumes the overriding right on that, the states might be subsumed into the union no longer noticed in the outside world. Also the legal personality of the EU has granted it the status to be a member of the United Nations22. This may threaten the position of Britain and France in the Security Council later when states subsume into the EU. The ascension of new member and the effect of QMV The ascension of new members was the main point that necessitated the urgency with which the EU required a workable constitution, since it was considered essential that for the union to function efficiently with an increased number of members and more been expected. ...read more.


18 Part one Article 48 of the Draft constitution 19 Steiner, Etal Supra note 9 p 72. 20 Part one Article 10 of the Draft Constitution. 21 Part one Article 6 of the Draft Constitution 22 The Economist, (2003), Tiding up or tyranny, The Economist. May 31st Edition, Vol.367, No. 8326, p37, The Economist newspaper limited. 23 Part one Article 24 Sections 1-2 24 Duff, A., (2003), A liberal reaction to the European Convention and the Intergovernmental Conference. Available on http://www.andrewduffmep.org/Convention/Liberal%20Reaction.html accessed on 6th November 2003. 25 The Economist, (2003), A little bit of editing - or will it end up in the bin?, The Economist October 4th Edition, Vol.369, No. 8344, p 37. The Economist newspaper Limited. 26 The Economist Supra note 25 p 37. 27 The Economist, (2003) A constitution in tatters. Available on http://economist.com/agenda/displaystory.cfm?story_id=2295754 accessed on 16th December 2003. 28 The Economist, (2003), Who speaks for Europe? The Economist, January 4th Edition, Vol.366, No.8305, p30, The Economist newspaper limited. 29 The Economist, (2003), Restarting the Franco-German motor, The Economist, January 8th Edition, Vol.366, No.8307, p37, The Economist newspaper limited. 30 Craig, P. (2003), What Constitution does Europe Need? The house that Giscard built: constitutional rooms with a view, p3. Available on http://www.fedtrust.co.uk/media/craig.pdf accessed on 21st October 2003 31 Craig, Supra note 30 p3. 32 Craig, Supra note 30 p2. 33 Craig, Supra note30, p3. 34 Part one Article 7 of the Draft Constitution 35 Rudolf, B., European Union. Available on http://www3.oup.co.uk/ijclaw/hdb/volume_01/issue_01/pdf/010135.pdf accessed on 16th December 2003. 36 Part one Article 53 of the Draft Constitution 37 European parliament UK office, (2003) Guide to the new draft constitution treaty. Available on http://www.europarl.org.uk/conventionFOE/txtFOE?txPage07.htm accessed on 16th December 2003. 38 The Economist, (2003), Defence War, The Economist, December 6th Edition, Vol369, No.8353, p37, The Economist newspaper limited. 39 The Economist Supra note 32 40 The Economist Supra note 32 41 Weatherill & Beaumont Supra note 1 p5 42 Horspool, Supra note 8 p 14 -5 43 The Economist Supra note 27 1 EC Law & Institution Fabian Chukwuma 0300409 2003 The Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Business School ...read more.

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