Before the ratification and implementation of the Single European Act
in 1987, there was no explicit treaty basis providing for directives on health and safety.
5) Although the European Commission passed the Single European Act
on December 5, 1985, the legislation did not come into force until mid-1987.
When the Single European Act
was drafted the "completion of the Internal Market" was defined in terms of "an area without internal frontiers".
Parliamentary amendments in the second reading are restricted not by the Single European Act
but by the Parliamentary Rules themselves.
Indeed, the Single European Act
, probably the most radical measure among them in its effects on us all, seems to have been signed by Margaret Thatcher in a fit of absence of mind
But it was Lady Thatcher who signed the Single European Act
that furthered Britain's commitment to the European single market.
For the not-so-well concealed sub-text of all these monetary machinations is the proposed European Central Bank, envisaged by the Single European Act
and subsequent EC treaties.
That said, and although the legislative frenzy linked to the creation of a true single market (some 300 directives were adopted between 1985 and 1992) has set the pace, MEPs have not been idle since the Single European Act
came into force.
Margaret Thatcher introduced the Single European Act
and John Major approved the Maastricht Treaty.
We didn't have a referendum on the Single European Act
or Maastricht and there were far bigger give-aways of power then.
John Major signed the Maastricht Treaty which made provision for England to be carved up into nine regions, governed by assemblies under the Single European Act
- in doing so he committed treason unparalleled in this country, only exceeded by that originally committed by Edward Heath, and subsequently by Tony Blair in signing the Treaty of Nice.
Not mentioned in the original Treaty of Rome, it was first acknowledged in the Single European Act