Tony Connelly on what remains to be done if and when EU and UK negotiators reach agreement.
The text has to be legally scrubbed to ensure there are no hidden irregularities; it has to be translated into 23 official languages by so-called lawyer-linguists so that the treaty means the same thing in all languages.
Capitals also have to approve a Decision on Signature and a Decision on Conclusion, allowing member states to register their own observations, principles, declarations and guidelines about how the treaty will work, what cannot be a precedent for future treaties etc.
All this should be done before the European Parliament ratifies the treaty in plenary, and the final scheduled session begins on December 14. Even before voting, as many as 11 European Parliament committees will want to scrutinise the treaty.

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