Qualified Majority Voting


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Qualified Majority Voting

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(Parliamentary Procedure) a voting system, used by the EU Council of Ministers, enabling certain resolutions to be passed without unanimity. Abbreviation: QMV
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Most social policy areas, where the EU has powers to act, are already subject to qualified majority voting. This has allowed putting in place a comprehensive social "acquis" over the years, with significant further steps under this Commission.
This is done by qualified majority voting so is fully democratic.
If the PM is trying to say we can have a referendum vote in 2017, which is after our full transition into the European Union's qualified majority voting system, then this can be refused under EU law and is something that will never happen.
The same qualified majority voting rules have prevented the 2010 cultivation proposal from being approved despite the support of a large majority of member states.
The revision should be legally binding and subject to qualified majority voting in Council, reads the draft resolution.
The deal will now be considered by EU finance ministers (Ecofin) meeting next week in Brussels, although Britain will be unable to use its veto as it is subject to qualified majority voting.
The long-term budget requires unanimity among the 27 member states but qualified majority voting decides the 2013 budget.
Since internal market laws are determined by qualified majority voting, Gordon Brown will find himself in a weak position with few friends.
He said the legislation would be examined "in the fullest detail" by MPs and pledged, "There is a provision in the Bill that any proposal to activate the mechanisms in the treaty which provide for further moves to qualified majority voting, but which require unanimity, will have to be subject to a prior vote by the House."
He said the legislation would be examined "in the fullest detail" by MPs and pledged: "There is a provision in the Bill that any proposal to activate the mechanisms in the treaty which provide for further moves to qualified majority voting, but which require unanimity, will have to be subject to a prior vote by the House."
Other chapters deal with negotiation issues, such as re- weighting, qualified majority voting, and enhanced cooperation.
The key clauses that the Brussels bureaucrats want most - like the extension of qualified majority voting - will be slotted into place anyway.

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