The European Parliament has overwhelmingly endorsed the European Union’s first constitution. The EU legislature voted 500 to 137 for a resolution backing the constitutional treaty, with 40 abstentions.
This is part of the lengthy ratification process expected to last up to two years. The treaty will only come into force if all 25 members states ratify it, several by referendums. The MEPs generally considered this is a good compromise and an improvement on the existing EU treaties which will benefit citizens and allow the functional machinery of the enlarged bloc to work effectively. Some eurodeputies showed their dissent, but if all goes well with efforts to sway the EU’s more than 450 million people, the Constitution will go into force by November 1st. next year.