European Council (Rome)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 30th October 1990.

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Photo of Gavin Strang Gavin Strang , Edinburgh East 3:30 pm, 30th October 1990

Surely the Prime Minister understands that virtually every Member of the House of Commons agrees about the absolute necessity of securing Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait. Does she agree that the unanimous Council declaration on the Gulf crisis, with its references to "a peaceful solution" and to the importance of maintaining consensus in the United Nations Security Council is to be warmly welcomed? Is it not clear from the declaration that the Governments of the European Community would not support early military action led by the United States? Can the right hon. Lady therefore give us the assurance that the Government's policy will be consistent with that declaration and that they will give mandatory economic sanctions proper time to work?