European Communities (Amendment) Act 1986

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1986 c. 58


European Communities(Amendment) Act 1986

1986 CHAPTER 58

An Act to amend the European Communities Act 1972 so as to include in the definition of ‘the Treaties’ and ‘the Community Treaties’ certain provisions of the Single European Act signed at Luxembourg and The Hague on 17th and 28th February 1986 and extend certain provisions relating to the European Court to any court attached thereto; and to amend references to the Assembly of the European Communities and approve the Single European Act.

[7th November 1986]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Extended meaning of ‘the Treaties’ and ‘the Community Treaties’.

1 Extended meaning of ‘the Treaties’ and ‘the Community Treaties’.

1. In section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, in the definition of ‘the Treaties’ and ‘the Community Treaties’, after paragraph (h ) (inserted by the European Communities (Spanish and Portuguese Accession) Act 1985) there shall be inserted the words ‘and

j ) the following provisions of the Single European Act signed at Luxembourg and The Hague on 17th and 28th February 1986, namely Title II (amendment of the treaties establishing the Communities) and, so far as they relate to any of the Communities or any Community institution, the preamble and Titles I (common provisions) and IV (general and final provisions);’
S-2 Extension of provisions to courts attached to European Court.

2 Extension of provisions to courts attached to European Court.

2. In the European Communities Act 1972

a ) In section 3(1) (which requires certain questions, if not referred to the European Court, to be determined in accordance with the principles laid down by and any relevant decision of the European Court), for ‘decision of the European Court)’ there shall be substituted ‘decision of the European Court or any court attached thereto)’; and
b ) in sections 3(2) and (3) and 11(1) (which, as regards the European Court, provide for judicial notice to be taken of its pronouncements, for proof of its judgments and orders, and for the trial and punishment of persons who in sworn evidence before it make statements which they know to be false or do not believe to be true), after ‘the European Court’, wherever occurring, there shall be inserted ‘or any court attached thereto’
S-3 Provisions relating to European Assembly.

3 Provisions relating to European Assembly.

(1) Subject to subsection (2) below and to the repeals and revocations made by section 4(3) below, any enactment or instrument passed or made before the day on which the Single European Act enters into force shall have effect on and after that day with the substitution—

(a ) of a reference to the (or,...

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