Treaty of Amsterdam

Treaty of Amsterdam (Photo:

Negotiated in 1997, it entered into force in 1999.

The Treaty of Amsterdam:

Britain and the Treaty of Amsterdam

The 1997 Amsterdam summit focused on drafting a treaty to update and clarify the Maastricht Treaty and to start preparing the European Union for enlargement.

UK objections at Maastricht had meant that the Social Chapter had never passed into law. But at Amsterdam, the newly-elected Labour government dropped its opt-out making the Social Chapter part of the Treaty.