The Treaty of Lisbon was signed by EU member states in 2007 forming constitutional basis of the European Union (EU). It updates previous treaties with a view to improving the coherence in the bloc.
Critics maintain the Treaty of Lisbon centralizes the EU and weakens democracy by "moving power away" from national electorates. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty sets out the process by which member states may withdraw from the European Union. It has been extensively debated after the "Brexit" referendum held in the United Kingdom in 2016 triggering that country's withdrawal from the EU. Here you will find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the Treaty of Lisbon.
The British Government on Monday evening won final approval from Parliament to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will effectively begin the process of the UK's departure from the EU. Scotland is calling for a second independence referendum.
The lower chamber of the UK parliament has rejected two amendments proposed by the House of Lords, the country's upper chamber, to launch Brexit. The Prime Minister can now trigger exit neogtiations from the EU any time.